​NIJ Audio: Gang Membership Prevention

NIJ Conference Panel
June 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and NIJ are collaborating on a book that focuses on promising principles for gang membership prevention. This panel will discuss the risk and protective factors that influence gang membership as well as efforts to reduce such factors. Panelists will also explore the direction of gang research for the future.


Louis Tuthill Physical Scientist, National Institute of Justice

Gretchen C.F. Shappert Project Safe Neighborhoods National Coordinator and Anti-Gang Coordinator, Executive Office for United States Attorneys, U.S. Department of Justice

James Buddy Howell Senior Research Associate, National Youth Gang Center in Tallahassee, Fla.; and Special Advisor, Life History Research Program, University of Pittsburgh

Jorja Leap Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Welfare, School of Public Affairs, University of California, Los Angeles

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