Gangs in Arizona
Group: Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
Representatives of law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies in Arizona were asked to complete a survey that contained questions aimed at assessing a jurisdiction’s gang problem and the severity of that problem during calendar year 2005. Specific information regarding the types of criminal activity associated with gangs was reported by responding agencies, which allowed for a general description of gang activity in Arizona in areas such as drug use, sales, and trafficking, firearms use, and assaults. Responding agencies also provided estimates of the number of gang members in their jurisdiction, as well as demographic information on gang members. Also included in this report is data from the Arizona Youth Survey, which was conducted in the spring of 2006 and provides information on gang membership among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade youth. Students self-reported gang membership, friendships with gang members, and age of initiation in gangs. These data also allowed for the comparison of self-reported gang members to non-gang members to better understand the relationship between gang involvement and delinquency and drug use.
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