Orange County needs to do a better job of keeping youths of out gangs, even if that means beginning prevention work in elementary school, according to a grand jury report released Tuesday.
The county also needs to better educate parents on how to deal with at-risk children and work on getting various agencies to better coordinate their anti-gang programs.
County statistics show that the number of gang members under the age of 14 more than quadrupled -- from 64 to 276 -- between 2003 and 2007. At the same time, the number of gang members 22 and older decreased or remained relatively stable.
-- Tami Abdollah