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Gang

An organized group (often rather small) of persons with a common identity. The term is usually used to describe organized crime groups, especially those run by racial and ethnic minorities. As with most organized crime groups, gangs have symbols, rituals and are generally involved in drug trafficking and other illegal activities. Gangs and other organized crime groups pose a significant and persistent problem for law enforcement. See also: RICO.
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Latino street gang members who lived south of Bakersfield became known as "surenos," and formed the power base for the Mexican Mafia.
Chettleburgh's book Young Thugs: Inside the Dangerous World of Canadian Street Gangs is a more conventional vehicle that seeks to offer descriptions and prescriptions pertaining to the challenge of street gangs in Canada.
The "typical" young person attracted to, or implicated in a street gang is described as a violent and unpredictable, poorly educated, unemployed male (8) between sixteen and twenty-two years of age, who comes from an economically disadvantaged background, and belongs to a minority ethnic (9) group (Chales, et al.
This feeling intensified three years ago with the alarming growth of Aboriginal street gangs.
The president of one of the city's newest street gangs, he said he was known as Sam Asesinoz, which means assassin in Spanish, although it was not his real name.
Since it was formed in March, the teams have made more than 600 arrests, highlighted by the arrests of several criminal street gang leaders, Denham said.
This is the biggest group, but these are young people who aren't actively in any street gang," explains Mr Coughlan.
County jail administrators also experienced the impact of the disruptive influence STG and street gang members were having within their jail populations.
In southern California, "a confidential California Department of Justice study reported in 1995 that 60 percent of the 20,000-strong 18th Street Gang .
Confronting Gangs employs diverse sources to reach a widely applicable composite description for a criminal street gang.
In Maplewood Park on Chicago's Northwest Side, Reymundo Sanchez, who had recently started hanging out with members of the Latin Kings street gang, was asked if he wanted to look for members of a rival gang called the Vicelords.
Because, like it or not, each and every one of us is affected by the violence, the crime, the social disorder inherent in the street gang mentality.