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National Youth Gang Center -- U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

In response to escalating gang membership and violence in the last two decades, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention established the National Youth Gang Center (NYGC). The Center's goals follow:

  • Collect and analyze gang-related data and generate annual surveys and reports. Ultimately, a gang reporting system will be developed containing comprehensive data from a nationally representative sample of jurisdictions.

  • Compile and analyze gang-related legislation. A listing of legislation, cross-referenced by State, is available to the public at NYGC's Web site (

  • Collect the most current gang literature, which OJJDP makes available through the Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse (800­638­8736).

  • Identify promising gang intervention and prevention strategies across the country, develop documentation, and prepare summary reports.

  • Participate in and serve as the coordinator for the OJJDP-sponsored Youth Gang Consortium, which coordinates gang program development and information exchange among Federal, State, and local agencies. The Consortium conducts regular meetings and produces reports to disseminate gang-related data and information.

NYGC also supports and implements GANGINFO, an online forum on youth gangs. Subscribers can exchange information about effective strategies for identifying and combating youth gangs. GANGINFO regularly posts announcements of relevant conferences and new literature.

Contact information:

John Moore
National Youth Gang Center
Suite 200
2050 Centre Pointe Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32308

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