Resources and Tools

The National Gang Center hosts a variety of resources and tools including online training and informational videos, curated lists of gang-related news articles and legislation, a moderated e-mail discussion group, and more.

“Why Youth Join Gangs” Online Video

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This video presentation features gang researchers, practitioners, and young people who were previously involved in gangs. Learn about research regarding gang joining, as well as firsthand insights into the behaviors and the circumstances that you might observe when interacting with youth who are at high risk of joining a gang. More...

Gang-Related News

This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined by date and limited to a specific state using the search tool. More...

GANGINFO Exchange

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GANGINFO Exchange is an online moderated e-mail discussion group open to practitioners, researchers, law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, social workers, youth agency workers, and others interested in gangs. A list charter, terms and conditions of use, and an application to join the mailing list are included on the home page of this resource. More...

Gang-Related Legislation

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This resource identifies gang-related legislation by state or by selected topic. The information is collected through automated databases and other available entities. Gang-related municipal codes are indexed by subject. The legislation is updated annually. More...

Parents’ Guide to Gangs

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This guide contains information on behaviors associated with joining gangs, common gang identifiers, and what parents can do. It is currently available in English with a Spanish version forthcoming. More...

Frequently Asked Questions About Gangs

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Answering many questions regarding gangs, gang joining, gang trends, and more, this document provides a list of the most commonly asked questions received by the NGC. More...

OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model Online Overview

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This resource provides a 23-minute overview of the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model. More...

OJJDP Strategic Planning Tool

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The OJJDP Strategic Planning Tool is a resource that encompasses four interrelated components to assist in addressing a community’s gang problem. Those components link descriptive information about risk factors, best practices, strategies, and research-based programs. Communities can catalogue existing local resources by creating a Web-based Community Resource Inventory account accessed on this tool. More...

Client Track

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The Client Track database tracks services and outcomes of clients being case-managed by a multidisciplinary intervention team. The database captures program referral information, individual client data, and program services data. The system generates client and program outcome reports to assist program staff in implementation and demonstration of program effectiveness. More...