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Pub. Type:
Report
Title:
Update on Gang Crime and Law Enforcement Recordkeeping: Report of the 1994 NIJ Extended National Assessment Survey of Law Enforcement Anti-Gang Information Resources, Final Report
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Abstract:
The 1992 survey gathered information from the 79 largest U.S. cities and 43 smaller cities. In 1994, for the largest U.S. municipal jurisdictions, 89.5 percent of law enforcement agencies reported gang-related crime problems. Of cities with a population of more than 25,000, 57.8 percent reported the presence of gang-related crime problems. The national gang problem based on law enforcement reports was estimated conservatively at 8,625 gangs, 378,807 gang members, and 437,066 gang-related crimes in 1993. A more reasonable estimate of the national gang problem based on law enforcement reports indicated 16,643 gangs, 55,181 gang members, and 580,331 gang-related crimes in 1993. Between 1988 and 1992, the number of cities reporting gang-related crime problems increased by 23.8 percent. Sources of error in the collection of survey information are noted, and recommendations to improve the collection of gang-related crime information are offered. source
Issue/No.:
NCJ 161476
Producer:
United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production:
Washington, DC

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