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Studying Gang Tweets Could Reduce Gun Violence, Researchers Say

A Columbia University study argues that examining aggressive tweets among gang members, particularly after a loss, could cut short the cycle of gang-revenge killings if grief counselors and other mental health services intervene in time.

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Disengaging From Gang Life: What Works?

A close look at studies of why and when gang members leave their groups offers clues to the types of interventions that can divert young people from further criminal involvement, according to a Journal of Crime and Justice paper.

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New Orleans Cuts Gang Homicides By 32 percent

Deterrence programs that focus law enforcement resources on known gangs are a promising violence prevention measure in urban areas with a history of lethal violence, according to a study published in the American Society of Criminology Journal Criminology & Public Policy. In “Assessing the Impact of Focused Deterrence on Serious Violence in New Orleans,” researchers evaluated whether a focused deterrence program could reduce violence in a “chronic and high-trajectory homicide setting” such as New Orleans, and found the outcome to […]


Federal Report: Gang Violence May Be on the Rise

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 […]