Addressing Youth Gangs
According to the National Youth Gang Survey, 785,000 gang members and 26,500 gangs were active in the United States in 2006. Most gang members join gangs between the ages of 12 and 15. OJP’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administers the Gang Reduction Program to reduce gang activity in targeted neighborhoods through research-based interventions. As part of that initiative, OJJDP has developed a Strategic Planning Tool to help communities assess and address local gang problems. The tool helps communities inventory resources, identify risk factors, and determine effective prevention and intervention measures.
Find out more about OJJDP’s youth gang prevention efforts.