Reports of gang-related violence increased during 2012, the most recent year for which national data is available, according to a brief released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Researchers analyzed data from 3,100 local law enforcement agencies that participated in the annual National Gang Survey in 2012.
There were 2,363 gang-related homicides reported, a 23 percent jump from 2011. Law enforcement agencies also reported a total of 30,700 local gangs, an increase of about 8 percent from 2011.
The law enforcement agencies combined estimated that there were 850,000 gang members, an 11 percent increase from the year before.
“Nearly 30 percent of responding agencies reported gang activity, which continued to be concentrated primarily in urban areas, even more so in recent years,” researchers wrote.
They noted that the rise increases may be partly due to more complete reporting by agencies.
Read the full brief HERE.