Gangs and Juvenile Justice


Engaging Youth in Gang Prevention: A Resource Guide for Project Safe Neighborhoods

Kovener, Marti (2009). Prepared for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, this guide was created to give PSN Task Forces hands-on models and tools to engage youth in meaningful ways to address gang violence. The programs and strategies highlighted in the resource guide have shown success in helping youth (with guidance and support from responsible adults) to determine how best to influence their peers and work together to address gang violence.

Engaging Youth in Gang Prevention Online Toolkit

Miller, Margaret (2009). A companion to the Engaging Youth in Gang Prevention Resource Guide, this online toolkit provides additional information about successful youth-oriented gang prevention programs and strategies, including detailed program examples, implementation steps to follow in replicating these programs and strategies, youth-developed gang prevention and awareness tools, and information about getting technical assistance on implementation.

People Say We’re the Future (Podcast, 8 minutes)

Long, Callie, and M. Kovener (2008). This audio essay highlights the work of young people in Charlotte, North Carolina to create a youth-led anti-gang summit, and includes interviews with youth, parents, and adult supporters. Listen here.

Urban Peace and Justice Summit (Video, 10 minutes)

Kovener, Marti, and C. Long (2008). Highlights the 2007 anti-gang summit held for youth in Kansas City, Missouri by Peers Organized to Support Student Excellence (POSSE). Watch the video.

Engaging the Community in Project Safe Neighborhoods

Kovener, Marti, and B. Webster (2005). U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. This guide illustrates the benefits to Project Safe Neighborhoods of getting community members involved and gives examples from the field and steps for mobilizing the community.

Prosecutor and Criminal Court Use of Juvenile Court Records: A National Study

Miller, Neal, and T. McEwen (1996). Institute for Law and Justice. This report to the National Institute of Justice examines the relationship between juvenile and adult serious crime and practices for using juvenile records in adult court to distinguish between adult first offenders with or without juvenile criminal histories. 

Urban Street Gang Enforcement Operations Manual

Institute for Law and Justice (1995). U. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. This manual for law enforcement addresses gang suppression, interagency collaboration, application of special regulations and laws, and data collection and analysis. 

Gang Enforcement Problems and Strategies: National Survey Findings

Johnson, Claire and B. Webster, E. F. Connors, and D. Saenz (1994). Journal of Gang Research. Chicago, IL:  National Gang Crime Research Center, Chicago State University, Vol. 3, No. 1. This article discusses findings on combating gang crime based on a survey of 149 police departments and another survey of 118 prosecutors' offices. 

Gang Prosecution in the United States

Webster, Barbara, and E. Connors (1994). Institute for Law and Justice.  This report to the National Institute of Justice provides an assessment of state prosecution of criminal street gangs, based on a national survey of state prosecutors ; a review of state legislation; and case studies of how local prosecutors confront street gangs.

Juvenile Correctional Industries: A Review of Federal and State Legislative Issues.  Institute for Law and Justice

Miller, Neal, and R. Gemignani (1994). This report to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice, assesses the applicability of federal law regulating interstate transport of prison-made goods to juvenile correctional industries and includes information about new industries programs based on a survey conducted in 20 states.


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