Oct, 1998
Comparing the Criminal Behavior of Youth Gangs and At-Risk Youths
National Institute of Justice (U.S.)
Huff, C. Ronald
"For years, observers have noted that youth-gang-related crime has been growing, but a picture of the extent and precise nature of crimes committed by gang members is only now beginning to emerge. Are gangs really responsible for increases in crime or are youths who grow up in very difficult circumstances but do not join gangs committing just as many crimes? This study explored the differences between the criminal behavior of youth gang members and nongang, but similarly at-risk, youths. The research revealed that criminal behavior committed by gang members is extensive and significantly exceeds that committed by comparably at-risk but nongang youth. Furthermore, the research suggests important implications for preventing involvement in and intervening in youth gang activity."
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  • Author
    Huff, C. Ronald
  • Publisher
    National Institute of Justice (U.S.)
  • Report Number
    NCJ 172852
  • Date
    Oct, 1998
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    National Institute of Justice: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij/
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  • Subject
    Law and justice/Criminal justice

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