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Youth Gangs Grow Dramatically

Tuesday, 29 May 2001 12:00 AM

Compared to 1970, the report said, nine times as many cities and 11 times as many counties had youth gangs in the late 1990s.

The report, "The Growth of Youth Gang Problems in the United States: 1970-98," is available from the department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and is accessible on the office's Web site at www.ojjdp.ncjrs.org.

The report presents national findings on youth gang problems by communities from 1970 to 1995 and summarizes new findings on youth gangs up to mid-1998.

By the late 1990s, 3,700 localities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia reported gang problems.

The states with the largest number of gang-problem cities in 1998 were California (363), Illinois (261), Texas (156) and Ohio (86).

In the 1970s, only California and Illinois reported a large number of cities with gang problems.

In 1998, the states with the largest number of gang-problem counties were Texas (82), Georgia (61), California (50), Illinois (42) and Florida (40).

The South replaced the Northeast as the region with most gang problems.

The report was developed in conjunction with the National Youth Gang Center's Institute for Intergovernmental Research, the Regional Information Sharing Systems Intelligence Centers, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the New England State Police Information Network and the Gang Resistance Education and Training Branch of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

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