Gang interventions in jails: A national analysis

Rick Ruddell, Scott H. Decker, Arlen Egley

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This national-level study surveys the perceptions of 134 jail administrators in 39 states about the prevalence of gang members in their facilities. Consistent with previous empirical work, approximately 13% of jail populations are thought to be gang involved, and although there are no regional differences in these estimates, small jails report having fewer gang-involved inmates. When asked about the problems that these inmates cause in their facilities, respondents report that gang members are less disruptive than inmates with severe mental illnesses but are more likely to assault other inmates. The use and efficacy of 10 programmatic responses to gangs are evaluated, with respondents rating the gathering and dissemination of gang intelligence as the most effective intervention. Implications for practitioners and gang research are outlined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalCriminal Justice Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 1 2006


  • Gang interventions
  • Gang suppression
  • Gangs
  • Jails

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Law


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