Youth gang members are several times more likely than non-gang youths to commit crimes, and as many as 1,000 youth in Washington County are estimated to be gang-involved. The Washington County Juvenile Department is committed to addressing this issue with a comprehensive strategy of prevention, intervention and suppression that includes working collaboratively with schools, community agencies, and local law enforcement agencies. Among the strategies in Washington County that address youth gangs are:
Graffiti Hurts is a public information campaign about the harm graffiti poses.
Sky's the Limit
Sky's the Limit was a juvenile department prevention program which aimed at engaging at-risk youth in pro-social activities. This program is no longer being offered through the Washington County Juvenile Department as of July 2011.
Comprehensive Supervision Unit
The Juvenile Department has a designated team working with youth who have been referred for criminal activity and who are affected by gang behavior. Research shows that many youth are enticed by the gang culture for the reasons listed below: