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This study examined if a relationship exists between gang association and drug involvement, crime severity, and recidivism. Data consisting of extent of gang involvement, drug involvement, crime severity, and recidivism, as well as, demographic data (age, race, and religious preference) was collected for 200 youths most recently housed at a state juvenile correctional facility. Results supported the hypothesis that gang involved youth have a higher rate of drug usage than those youths not involved with gangs. However, support was not found for either of the hypotheses that gang involved youth have a more severe crime rating or a higher rate of recidivism.
Copyright 1998 Penny G. Hoffman
Hoffman, Penny G., "Gang Membership as a Predictor of Crime Severity Recidivism, and Drug Involvement at a Kansas Juvenile Correctional Facility" (1998). Master's Theses. 2691.