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Report on L.A.'s Gang Program Mostly Positive, but Says Critical Component Still Missing

A former gang member from East L.A. who was in the process of getting his tattoos removed | Photo by NiccollsDP via LAist Featured Photos on Flickr
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L.A. City Controller Wendy Gruel this afternoon teased the pending release of her audit on the city's gang reduction effort, saying that much progress has been made in the past two years, but over a half million dollars of taxpayer money dedicated to evaluating the program has not produced any results. Without that data, it's impossible to measure the success of the program, her office said.

Run within Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office, the Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) aims to change the conditions that "have fueled nearly 400 gangs and 41,000 active gang members" by providing services and safe places for at-risk youth and targeting over 10 zones known to have high levels of gang crime.