The U.S. Department of Justice has released highlights of the Institute for Intergovernmental Research's 2007 update of the National Youth Gang Survey. The update found that more than one-third of the areas studied experienced a gang problem in 2007, which is the highest estimate since before 2000.
The survey results indicate that there were 788,000 active gang members and 27,000 active gangs in the United States in 2007. Although the gang problem declined in the late 1990s and early 2000s, it has been experiencing a resurgence in recent years.
Among the notable findings:
The updates will be added to the Institute for Intergovernmental Research's National Youth Gang Survey Analysis. The survey is produced by the National Youth Gang Center, which is operated by the IIR on behalf of the DOJ's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.