New Jersey Department of Education

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Keeping Our Students Safe, Healthy & In School


Gang presence and involvement affect student engagement in school, student academic achievement and student and staff safety and attendance.  In addition to appropriate coordination with law enforcement authorities, the school’s role in gang prevention and intervention, involves keeping students in school and engaged, fostering attachments to and building relationships among school staff, students and the educational process, and maintaining safe and secure school environments, in an effort to build students’ resilience to the pressures of gangs.  The information provided below is intended to aid schools in addressing gang issues and concerns.

Government Agencies


  • All References below can be found at the New Jersey Legislature's website:
    • N.J.S.A. 2C:30-10, Causing Fear of Unlawful Bodily Violence, Crime of Third Degree; Act of Graffiti, Additional
    • N.J.S.A. 2C:33-28, Solicitation, Recruitment to Join Criminal Street Gangs; Crime, Degrees and Sentencing
    • N.J.S.A. 2C:33-29, Crime of Gang Criminality; “Criminal Street Gang” Defined; Grading of Offense
    • N.J.S.C 2C:153-4.1, Acts of Graffiti
    • N.J.S.A.18A:11-7.  Findings, declarations relative to school dress codes
    • N.J.S.A. 18A:11-9. Prohibition of gang-related apparel
    • N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.26  Instruction in gang violence prevention; required for elementary school students
    • N.J.S.C. 52:17B-4.7 Gang education seminars for school administrators



Data Collection


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Professional Associations