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National Youth Gang Survey, 1996 (NCJ 173964) July 1999
96 page(s)
Presents findings of the 1996 National Youth Gang Survey, conducted by the National Youth Gang Center. The 1996 survey (which updates and expands upon a 1995 survey) was the largest of its type results are based on a sample of more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies and are nationally representative. Survey results indicate that the youth gang problem is substantial and affects communities of all types. An estimated 30,818 gangs, with 846,428 members, were active in 4,824 jurisdictions during 1996. The report provides analysis and statistics on number, types, and locations of gangs; member demographics (age, sex, and race/ethnicity); and gang involvement in crime and drugs. Includes 36 tables, 19 figures, and extensive references.