U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs

Youth Gun Violence

  • Fighting Juvenile Gun Violence
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2000
    This Bulletin describes the implementation of OJJDP's Partnerships to Reduce Gun Violence Program at four demonstration sites in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana; Oakland, California; and Syracuse, New York.
  • Gun Use by Male Juveniles: Research and Prevention
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2001
    This study discussed results from the Rochester Youth Development Study, a longitudinal analysis of illegal gun ownership and use by juveniles, and current prevention efforts aimed at reducing juvenile gun violence.
  • Hands Without Guns
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999
    This report provides information on Hands Without Guns, a public health and education campaign designed to combat gun violence by providing a forum for positive youth voices.
  • Juvenile Justice Journal, Volume III, Number 2 (Youth Violence Issue)
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1997
    This publication presents two different, but complementary, articles about encouraging progress in reducing youth gun violence in the overall effort to combat juvenile violence and delinquency.
  • Promising Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999
    This resource presents profiles of sixty programs that address the problem of gun violence, examines the nature of the problem from a national perspective, and discusses the process of developing a solution.
  • Reducing Gun Violence: Operation Ceasefire in Los Angeles
    National Institute of Justice, 2005
    Operation Ceasefire was developed in response to gang-related gun violence in the Hollenbeck area of Los Angeles. Planned by 19 public and private agencies working with researchers, this initiative was intended to send gang members the message that there would be consequences for all members of a gang if any one member committed a crime that involved guns. The working group, which began meeting in early 1999, examined trouble spots to find a location where an intervention would have an impact. It selected the Hollenbeck section of the city because of its high crime rate, particularly violent crime. In the community's view, gangs were at the core of homicides and gun violence, and the researchers' confirmed this. An array of enforcement agencies were involved in a coordinated strategy that included stepped up police patrol in five reporting districts; mounted police patrols in the parks and adjacent public housing developments; the County Housing Authority police patrolling in a housing complex that was a hotbed for gang activity; and police and probation officers visiting the homes of several well-known gang members, arresting three who had outstanding warrants or probation violations. Other enforcement levers included inspection by health and child welfare agencies at properties where gang members congregated. The intervention seemed to be most effective during the suppression phase, with the effect declining slightly in the deterrence phase; however, because the decline continued into the deterrence phase, the possibility of a longer term effect cannot be ruled out.
  • Reducing Youth Gun Violence: An Overview of Programs and Initiatives (Program Report)
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1996
    This report discusses a wide range of youth violence prevention strategies and includes relevant research, evaluation, and legislation to provide a context for successful violence prevention program implementation.
  • Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence
    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999
    This fact sheet presents an overview of the findings from 'Promising Strategies to Reduce Gun Violence,' an OJJDP Report that describes sixty programs designed to address gun violence.
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