He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Gang Statistics 2009



Wow! This blows my mind......statistics came from Fasten

Facts at a Glance:

100% of cities with population greater than or equal to 250,000 reported gang activity in 2001
85% of cities with population between 100,000 and 229,999 reported gang activity in 2001
65% of cities with population between 50,000 and 99,999 reported gang activity in 2001
44% of cities with population between 25,000 and 49,999 reported gang activity in 2001
20% of cities with population between 2,500 and 24,999 reported gang activity in 2001
35% of suburban counties reported gang activity in 2001
11% of rural counties reported gang activity in 2001
95% of the jurisdictions reporting gang activity in 2001 had also reported gang activity in previous survey years
3,000 jurisdictions across the US are estimated to have had gang activity in 2001
56% of cities with population greater than or equal to 100,000 reported an increase or no significant change in the number of gang members in 2001
42% of cities with a population of at least 25,000 reported an increase in the number of gang members
45% of cities with a population of at least 25,000 reported an increase in the number of gangs from the previous two years
69% of cities with population at least 100,000 reported having gang related homicides in 2001
37% of cities with population between 50,000 and 99,999 reported having gang related homicides in 2001
59% of all homicides in 2001 in Los Angeles and 53% in Chicago were gang related, there was a total of 698 gang related homicides in there two cities combined where as 130 other cities with population of at least 100,000 with gang problems reported having a total of 637 homicides between them
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Highlights of the 2001 National Youth Gang Survey, by Arlen Egley, Jr. and Aline K. Major.

Facts at a Glance:

Trends in Gangs in the US:

In 1996, 53% of the respondents to the National Youth Gang Survey reported active gangs in their jurisdictions, but by 2000, the percent reporting active gangs dropped to 40%.
It is estimated that more than 24,500 gangs were active in the U.S. in 2000, which is a drop of 5% from the number estimated to be active in 1999. Despite this overall decrease in the number of gangs, cities with population over 25,000 reported a very slight increase in the number of active gangs from 1999.
It is estimated that 772,500 people in the U.S. were members of gangs in 2000, a drop of 8% from the number of active members in 1999, but again, cities with population over 25,000 experienced an increase in the number of active gang members despite the overall drop.
91% of cities with population over 250,000, 64% of cities with population between 100,000 and 250,000, 55% of cities with population between 50,000 and 100,000, and 32% of cities with population between 25,000 and 50,000 reported at least one homicide from 1999 to 2000 that was attributed to gang violence. In these cities, 47% said that the number of gang- related homicides had increased in their jurisdiction from 1999 to 2000.
It is estimated that 94% of gang members were male and 6% were female in 2000.
It is estimated that 39% of gangs active in 2000 had at least one female member; 2% of gangs were identified as being composed of predominantly female members.
In 1996, 50% of gang members were under the age of 18, but in 1999 only 37% of gang members were estimated to be under the age of 18.
In 1999 it is estimated that 47% of gang members were Hispanic, 31% were African American, 13% were white, and 7% were Asian. These percentages seem to remain fairly steady over the years.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, National Youth Gang Survey Trends from 1996 to 2000, by Arlen Egley, Jr.