Interpreting Gang-Related Problems Over Multiple Years in the NYGS

G. David Curry, University of Missouri - St. Louis

Using the 1996 to 2001 National Youth Gang Surveys, this paper will examine reports of gang problems by law enforcement agencies across various jurisdictional types. Special attention will be directed toward examining patterns of youth gang problems reported within agencies over multiple years. Preliminary results indicate greater variation in reports of gang-related problems within less densely populated areas while larger areas remain consistently affected. Findings will inform understanding of law enforcement perceptions and responses to youth gang-related problems.

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