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GANGS GROW IN THE SUBURBS SAYS US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STUDY. SCHOOLS UNPREPARED.

The US Department of Justice has released a report that states the growth of criminal gangs is increasing in all socioeconomic areas of the country. The National Youth Gang Survey Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Key Points

  • There were an estimated 28,100 gangs and 731,000 gang members throughout 3,500 jurisdictions nationwide.
  • The prevalence rate of gang activity increased to 34.5 percent from 32.4 percent in 2008.
  • Larger cities and suburban counties accounted for more than 96 percent of all gang homicides.

Dale Yeager of SERAPH explains the problem, “School officials have been caught off guard by the rise of gangs in suburban areas.Straight Edge, Juggalos, Crips and Bloods have all been recruiting juveniles in suburban areas of the United States.”

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