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The Youth Gangs, Drugs, and Violence Connection: Juvenile Justice Bulletin

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In the bulletin,The Youth Gangs, Drugs, and Violence Connection, a brief historical overview of gang drug use, trafficking, and violent crime is provided. Studies of drug trafficking operations are then reviewed to provide a better understanding of how illegal drug sales typically are controlled and managed. The bulletin concludes with a detailed review of studies of the gangs, drugs, and violence connection and an examination of other sources of gang violence.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, The Youth Gangs, Drugs, and Violence Connection: Juvenile Justice Bulletin created by James C. Howell and Scott H. Decker


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Publication Date:

January 1999

Course Material Authors

James C. Howell

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Scott H. Decker

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Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially probation and parole officers, addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about youth gangs, drugs, and violence connection. It is appropriate for all levels of participant’s knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe the historical overview of gang drug use and trafficking.

  2. Explain the difference between street gangs and drug gangs.

  3. Describe the connection between youth gangs and adult criminal organizations.

  4. Identify the causes and correlates of youth gang violence.

Course Article

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Course Retired
Course Number 101168
1 credit hour
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  • Reading-Based Online
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