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Youth Gangs, Drugs, and Violence Connection
(NCJ 171152) January 1999
OJJDP Youth Gang Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Howell, J. C., Decker, S. H.
Describes the relationship among youth gangs, drugs, and violence. Much debate surrounds this relationship. This OJJDP Bulletin, part of the Youth Gang Series, addresses some of the questions researchers have attempted to answer: How interrelated are youth gangs, drugs, and violent crime? Is drug trafficking a main activity of youth gangs? Is drug trafficking a major cause, or only a correlate, of youth gang violence? What are some other sources of violence in youth gangs? Provided here are studies that have reviewed these issues, studies that for the most part refute the popular image of youth gangs as interstate drug traffickers with great proclivity toward violence because of their involvement in drugs.
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