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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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The New Zealand Police estimate that there are currently approximately 73 youth gangs comprising 600 youth gang members in Counties Manukau, though accurate data on numbers are difficult to obtain.
But elsewhere in the country, countless lives of schoolchildren have been claimed by the twin threats of knives and youth gangs.
Isolate those who use youth gang culture as a means to control and promote anti-social behaviour and crime.
Within the youth gang population as well, our own beliefs must be set aside because the youths' beliefs are what we are dealing with, and you can bet they believe everything their "homies" tell them.
Postwar Central America has been a fertile nursery for the growth of youth gangs.
In 2002, youth gangs were active in more than 2,300 cities with a population of 2,500 or more and in more than 550 jurisdictions served by county law enforcement agencies, reported the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
The streets of Toronto have become a battleground for gun-toting street youth gangs, Detective Cst.
Her house and car are constant targets for youth gangs on the Cairns scheme in Cambuslang.
Youth gangs clashing with one another have committed a large number of the murders.
We feel very strongly that such sensationalism only serves to glorify youth gangs.
The First Minister aims to clear up street crime, especially by the youth gangs which terrorise town centres and neighbourhoods.

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