Gangs in Schools

The presence of gangs in schools is a continuing problem for school administrators nationwide. There are a variety of programs and policies to address problems associated with gangs in schools, but little evidence of whether they reduce the prevalence of gangs or decrease problem behaviors in schools. Using nationally representative data form students and school administrators, this study examines whether gang prevention programs and policies are associated with a reduction in student- and administrator-reported problems in school, and whether and differences can be explained by a reduction in the presence of gangs at school.