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Prevention

Publications & Multimedia

Implementing Youth Violence Reduction Strategies: Findings from a Scan of Youth Gun, Group, and Gang Violence Interventions
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, January 2022

Implementing Youth Violence Reduction Strategies: Findings from a Synthesis of the Literature on Gun, Group, and Gang Violence
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, January 2022

A Research-Based Practice Guide to Reduce Youth Gun and Gang/Group Violence
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, January 2022

Advancing Knowledge to Reduce Gangs and Gang Violence: Perspectives from Researchers and Practitioners
National Institute of Justice, June 2021

Comprehensive Gang Model: Core Strategies
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, December 2020

In Focus: Youth Gangs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, June 2020

Functional Family Therapy-Gangs: Adapting an Evidence-Based Program to Reduce Gang Involvement
National Institute of Justice, March 2020

Gangs in Schools
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2019

Reducing Crime Among Youth at Risk for Gang Involvement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, November 2018

Tailored Functional Family Therapy Program Shows Promise for Reducing Subsequent Criminal Activity in a Population at High Risk for Joining Gangs
National Institute of Justice, November 2018

Reducing Gang Violence: A Randomized Trial of Functional Family Therapy
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2018

A Law Enforcement Official's Guide to the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, March 2017

See the Publications List for additional resources on this and other topics.

Related Resources

CrimeSolutions
The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions website uses rigorous research to inform practitioners and policy makers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. On CrimeSolutions, you will find ratings and reviews of specific programs and practices that focus on a variety of justice topics, including gangs.

Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program
The G.R.E.A.T. Program, administered by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, is a school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curriculum. The program's primary objective is prevention and is intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence, and gang membership. G.R.E.A.T. lessons focus on providing life skills to students to help them avoid delinquent behavior and violence to solve problems.

National Gang Center (NGC)
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NGC disseminates information, knowledge, and outcome‐driven practices that engage and empower those in local communities with chronic and emerging gang problems to create comprehensive solutions to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang‐related crime.

National Institute of Corrections (NIC): Gangs (Security Threat Groups)
This section of the NIC site provides access to videos, reports, and other materials that focus on gangs, including gangs in correctional settings.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
NIJ is the research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. The Gangs and Gang Crime section of the NIJ site provides access to information and data on gang activity and prevention efforts.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to youth delinquency and victimization. The Office helps states, localities, and Tribes develop effective and equitable juvenile justice systems that create safer communities and empower youth to lead productive lives.

Strategic Planning Tool
Developed with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Strategic Planning Tool was developed to assist in assessing a community's gang problem and planning strategies to deal with it. Although originally created for cities participating in the OJJDP Gang Reduction Program, the tool can be used by any community.

 Listen to Voices From the Field podcast episodes from the National Gang Center.

Date Modified: August 19, 2022
Date Created: August 14, 2020