The Prevalence and Characteristics of Youth Gangs in Schools

James C. Howell, National Youth Gang Center

ABSTRACT
Two databases are used to examine the prevalence and characteristics of youth gangs in schools in the United States. The 2000 National Youth Gang Survey included questions regarding law enforcement's perceptions of youth gangs in schools, including gang presence in elementary, intermediate, and high schools, and a measure of how much illegal activity in these schools involves gang members. The 1989, 1995, and 1999 School Crime Supplements to the National Crime Victim Survey (NCVS) included questions regarding the prevalence and characteristics of youth gangs in schools. This paper compares and contrasts law enforcrement and student perceptions of youth gangs in schools using data from the two surveys.

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