Gang Violence

The most recent comprehensive survey of Texas gangs, Gangs in Texas: 2001 by the Texas Attorney General, indicates that while there has been much improvement in addressing the problem of gang activity this issue still needs work.

During the early 1990s Texas gang activity was at an all-time high and murder rates swelled. By 1993 San Antonio was suffering 1,262 drive-bys but by 2001 only 89 drive-bys were reported. However, recent high-profile shootings have sparked a concern that gangs may be having a resurgence.

Youth gang activity is of particular concern for Texas educators. The majority of school districts in communities of more than 10,000 report that gang activity is somewhat of a problem. According to the Texas Youth Commission, 46 percent of incarcerated TYC youth admitted to gang membership in 2000. TYC data also indicates 13 percent of all gang members are female and 76 percent of all gang members are juveniles

RECENT TEXAS STORIES:

In America, We Would Rather Just Fight About It - by Thomas G. Palaima, University of Texas

The State of Teens in 2004 - KGBT Harlingen

 



"If a man is pictured chopping off a woman's breast, it only gets a R rating, but if, God forbid, a man is pictured kissing a woman's breast, it gets an X rating. Why is violence more acceptable than tenderness." - Sally Struthers


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