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Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey

NCJ Number
242884
Date Published
September 2013
Author(s)
Arlen Egley Jr.; James C Howell
Agencies
OJJDP
Publication Series
Publication Type
Report (Annual/Periodic)
Grant Number(s)
2011&#8211, MU&#8211, MU&#8211, K001
Annotation
This fact sheet presents findings from the National Gang Center's National Youth Gang Survey.
Abstract
Results indicate that in 2011, nearly one-third of all responding law enforcement agencies reported gang activity; slightly fewer jurisdictions experienced gang activity than in 2010; there were an estimated 29,900 gangs and 782,500 gang members throughout 3,300 jurisdictions with gang problems; gang activity was concentrated primarily in urban areas, especially larger cities; and gang-related homicides declined overall nationally but fell only slightly in metropolitan areas. Data were collected from a large, representative sample of local law enforcement agencies to track the size and scope of the national gang problem. Also discussed are trends in gang activity, factors influencing local gang violence, and anti-gang measures. Figures and endnotes
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