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California Briefing / Orange County

Grand jury urges anti-gang efforts

March 18, 2009|Tami Abdollah

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

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