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Pub. Type Report
Title Criminal Behavior of Gang Members and At-Risk Youths
Author(s) Huff, C. Ronald
Subtitle/Series Name National Institute of Justice Research Preview
Pub. Date Mar 1998
Abstract Recent estimates predict that there are currently more than 16,000 active gangs in the United States, and gang members number close to 1 million individuals and are responsible for over 600,000 crimes per year. Discussing research on gangs and gang-related criminal behaviors, the author details both a Colorado-Florida and a Cleveland research study focused on self-reported data concerning gang-related criminal activities. The data generated by these research studies indicate significant differences between the behavior of gang members and at-risk youths, although both groups indicated involvement with guns and gang members. Gang members are often more involved in selling drugs than are at-risk youths, and gang leaders typically engage in the more serious forms of criminal behavior such as the drug trade. This research preview suggests that earlier studies have identified a close relationship between gang membership and various forms of criminal behavior. source
Issue/No. NCJ 200868
Producer United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice
Place of Production Washington, DC

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