September 21, 2017

Gang Violence Surges Even With All Other Violent Crimes Down Across U.S.

“At a time when most cities are experiencing their lowest levels of violent crime in a quarter of century, gang activity remains a potent problem,” concluded an April report released by the National Gang Center.

James “Buddy” Howell, a senior research associate at the gang center, said gangs have become so “entrenched” in some of the nation’s largest cities that gang-related crime is largely immune from forces that have been driving down overall crime.

“There are some dynamics in gangs that just don’t change and are transmitted across generations,” Howell said. “The turf battles, the internal struggles for control continue.” Read more

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