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Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey
(NCJ 242884) September 2013
OJJDP Youth Gang Series, Fact Sheet, 4 page(s)
Arlen Egley, Jr., and James C. Howell
 
This fact sheet presents findings from the National Gang Center's National Youth Gang Survey, which collects data from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the national gang problem. The fact sheet discusses trends in gang activity, factors influencing local gang violence, and anti-gang measures. In 2011, there were an estimated 29,900 gangs (versus 29,000 in 2010) and 782,500 gang members (versus 756,000 in 2010) throughout 3,300 jurisdictions (down from 3,500 in 2010) with gang problems. Gang-related homicides declined overall nationally but fell only slightly in metropolitan areas.
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