National Youth Gang Survey Trends

H. Arlen Egley, Jr., National Youth Gang Center

Findings will be presented from the National Youth Gang Survey, a survey of a nationally representative sample of more than 3,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States which investigates key issues surrounding youth gang activity. These agencies vary by type of jurisdiction served, which include: large cities, suburban counties, small cities, and rural counties. These agencies have been surveyed annually from 1996 through 2000 allowing for a discussion of emerging trends in prevalence of gang activity, demographic characteristics of gang members, levels and types of criminal activity, and changes in perception of the gang problem. In addition, findings covering topics unique to the 2000 survey will also be presented, including structural issues and characteristics of violent offenses committed by gang members such as location, choice of victinm, and level of gang participation.

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Updated 05/20/2006