Youth Gangs: Who is at Risk?


08.02.09gang1Young people may join gangs for protection, but kids in gangs are up to 11 times more likely to be victims of (or witness to) crimes than their peers. This according to a new report by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency that examines recent data on gang membership. “Youth Gangs: Who is at Risk,” compares gang involvement nationally and in Oakland and Richmond, California, two cities long plagued by gangs and violence.

Among the findings: nationally, Native American youth are twice as likely to join a gang as African American youth; young people who join gangs are also twice as likely to have a mother on public assistance and less likely to live with a biological parent than those who do not.

Click here to read the report.

Use The Crime Report for more information on Gangs.

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