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Changing the Course: Preventing Gang Membership
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Changing the CourseThis recent publication from The Office of Justice Programs and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership, provides practitioners and policymakers with knowledge about why kids become involved in gangs and offers effective and promising strategies that prevent them from doing so.

Highlights from the publication include:

  • Gangs are a serious, persistent problem in the United States; according to the National Youth Gang Survey, from 2002 to 2010 the estimated number of youth gangs increased by nearly 35 percent — from 21,800 to 29,400 nationwide.
  • Although girls join gangs for many of the same reasons boys do, there are a few gender differences; for example, girls — particularly in abusive families — are more likely than boys to regard a gang as a surrogate family.
  • Community partnerships are crucial to reducing the attraction of gangs; these should include youth, their families, law enforcement, public health, schools, faith-based organizations, and groups that offer recreational programs, employment and job-training skills.
  • SARA — Scanning, Analysis, Response and Assessment, the primary problem-solving model used by law enforcement — and the public health prevention model share complementary data-driven components, which can be used in building initiatives and partnerships that prevent youth from joining gangs.

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Posted Tue, Oct 11 2016 8:37 AM by Susan Powell

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