About the National Gang Center

The National Gang Center (NGC) is a project jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The NGC program works to further the mission of DOJ by providing an array of information and resources on gangs for state, local, and tribal jurisdictions. NGC’s national leadership serves researchers, policymakers, direct service providers, criminal justice practitioners, and other community members through peer-to-peer information exchange and mentoring, training, and on- and off-site technical assistance. NGC activities contribute to reductions in gang-related crime and violence and gang activity by juveniles and adults.

The National Gang Center Advisory Board

The NGC Advisory Board functions as a high-level group to advise and help guide NGC staff in the accomplishment of the center’s objectives. Experts from academic, research, faith-based, and operational settings who have hands-on experience in gang research, prevention, intervention, and suppression compose the board.

Advisory Board Members

Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J.
Director, Homeboy Industries—Jobs for a Future

Keith G. Burt, Esquire
Deputy District Attorney
San Diego County District Attorney’s Office (Ret.)

C. Ronald Huff, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine and
Professor Emeritus, John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

Sergeant Wesley McBride
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (Ret.)

Mr. Carl Wicklund

Logo for the National Youth Gang Center
Earlier logo for the National Gang Center

History of the NGC

In October 2009, the National Youth Gang Center, which had been funded by OJJDP since 1995, merged with the National Gang Center (NGC), which had been funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance since 2003. This unification signified a recognition that street gang activities transcend ages of the members and that a balanced, comprehensive approach is needed to reduce gang involvement and levels of gang crime. Consolidation of the centers has leveraged resources and resulted in a single, more efficient entity, responsive to the needs of researchers, practitioners, and the public.