Gang Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Federal Bureau of Investigations
Research Date: 4.28.2013
A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. Gang members are typically “jumped in” or have to prove their loyalty by committing acts such as theft or violence. Although gangs exist internationally, there is a greater level of study and knowledgeable information of gangs specifically in the United States. A member of a gang is called a gangster.
Gang Member Statistics Data
Total number of gang members in 2009 1,000,000
Total number of gang members in 2000 750,000
Number of gangs in the U.S. 24,500
Percent of gang members who are under 18 40 %
Percent of gang members who are female 8 %
Percent of juvenile boys in a correctional facility with gang affiliation 90 %
Percent of U.S. cities with 100,000+ population that reported gang activity 86 %
Gang Member Demographics Data
Black gang members 31 %
Hispanic gang members 47 %
White gang members 13 %
Asian gang members 7 %
The following data represents the FBI’s gang fighting "Safe Street Task Force" SSTF enforcement of violent gang crime
Year
Complaints
Indictments &Informations
Arrests
Convictions
2010 1,681 3,845 7,184 3,176
2009 1,975 4,634 9,082 3,252
2008 633 4,017 7,792 2,839
2007 1,295 3,256 7,256 2,325
2006 1,421 2,695 5,537 2,199
2005 1,191 2,540 4,745 1,700
2004 980 2,183 4,162 1,773
2003 826 1,971 3,837 1,698
2002 1,024 1,951 3,512 1,964
2001 1,143 2,181 3,999 2,168
Totals 12,169 29,273 57,106 23,094

 

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