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Modern-Day Youth Gangs
(NCJ 191524) June 2002
OJJDP Youth Gang Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Howell, J.C., Egley, A., Jr., Gleason, D.K.
Compares the characteristics of youth gangs in jurisdictions where gang problems began prior to 1991 with those in jurisdictions where gang problems began more recently. Part of OJJDP's Youth Gang Series, this Bulletin draws on data from the 1996 and 1998 National Youth Gang Surveys to explore whether modern-day gangs differ significantly from their predecessors. It reveals differences in geographic location, age and racial composition, and involvement in violence and drug trafficking. The findings reported have important implications for responding to the challenges that gangs pose to the Nation. Includes 4 figures, 7 tables, and a list of related readings.
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