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Highlights of the 1997 National Youth Gang Survey (FS 9997) March 1999
2 page(s)
Moore, J. P., Terrett, C. P.
Presents statistics on the prevalence of youth gangs throughout the country. Gang activity continued to affect a large number of cities and counties in 1997. However, there was a slight reduction in the number of jurisdictions reporting active youth gangs compared with 1996. While the estimated number of gangs and gang members in the Nation decreased slightly, the number of gang members in small cities and rural counties increased. In 1997, most respondents perceived their gang problem was "staying about the same," while in 1995 they felt that it was "getting worse." The degree of gang member involvement in criminal activity also fell compared with 1996.