The National Gang Center is a federal project sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJDP) and Delinquency Prevention and the Bureau of Justice Assistance. One way to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings is the National Gang Center Newsletter. The Spring/Summer 2014 edition is available here, and includes research from the University of Washington, Long Term Consequences of Adolescent Gang Membership for Adult Functioning that was originally published in the American Journal of Public Health.
There is also a wealth of resources, including:
- A link to a video “Why Youth Join Gangs“
- Information from the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey, available here and here.
- A Guide to Assessing Your Community’s Youth Gang Problem
- Various materials about the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model designed to prevent and reduce gang violence.
- Parents’ Guide to Gangs (available in English and Spanish)