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Youth Gangs in Schools (NCJ 183015) August 2000
OJJDP Youth Gang Series
8 page(s)
Howell, J. C., Lynch, J. P.
Presents results of analyses of gang-related data gathered by the 1995 School Crime Supplements (SCS). This Youth Gang Series Bulletin examines characteristics of gangs in schools, reasons for greater gang prevalence in some schools, and the impact of gangs on victimization at school. It also considers the involvement of gangs in three types of criminal activity: violence, drug sales, and carrying guns. More than one-third of students surveyed in the SCS reported gangs in their schools and more than two-thirds reported gang involvement in at least one type of criminal activity. The Bulletin concludes that existing school security measures are not sufficient; additional interventions are needed to combat gangs in schools.