Best Practices To Address Community Gang Problems

This report provides guidance to communities that are considering how to address a youth gang problem. The guidance is based on the research-based Comprehensive Gang Model (Model), which was developed through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and tested as part of its Gang Reduction Program. The report describes the research that produced the model, provides essential findings from evaluations of several programs implanting the model in a variety of environments (selected from a 20-site evaluation), and outlines “best practices” recommended by practitioners with years of experience in planning, implementing, and overseeing variations of the model in their communities. Key to the model is a strategic planning process that empowers communities to assess their gang problems and develop a complement of antigang strategies and program activities.