Gang Prevention From Multiple Perspectives: Federal, Research, and Practice (April 2010)

This Webinar explores youth involvement in gangs, including current data and initiatives, research, and prevention and reduction strategies. Dennis Mondoro, Strategic Community Development Officer, and Steffie Rapp, Program Manager, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), provide a Federal perspective on youth involvement in gangs, discuss OJJDP’s current gang prevention initiatives, and share national data on this topic. Dr. Finn Esbensen, the Desmond Lee Professor of Youth Crime and Violence in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, discusses the risk factors of gang involvement and how gang prevention and reduction programs should address those risk factors, with a focus on the education setting. Tim Cowan, Gang Resistance Education and Training (GREAT), School Resource Officer, Garland Police Department, Garland, Texas, and Tony Ostos, Program Manager, Gang Resistance Is Paramount (GRIP), Paramount, CA, provide insight on gangs and discuss the characteristics, strategies and outcomes associated with each gang reduction program.


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April 2010