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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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As such, street gang activity is shown to be destructive at multiple levels --despite the many strengths of the urban community in which this issue is explored.
The Quality Street Gang, by Paul John Dykes, is available from Sport Media Books priced PS19.
Ms May's statements are only a recycling of past government plans to tackle street gangs, just different wording to put across her stated intentions which, I think, will fail abysmally, just the same as previous plans on the subject.
While many researchers have analyzed women of various ages engaged in the sex trade and have concentrated on gang subcultures, the exact nature of the relationship between street gangs and youth prostitution is seldom a focal point.
It was originally founded by 13 inmates who were active Latino street gang members from different neighborhoods in the Los Angeles area.
Emerging in the 1960s in the Rampart area as a Latino street gang, but growing to include all racial groups, the 18th Street gang is now considered the largest street gang in the city, with more than 30,000 members.
Young Thugs: Inside the Dangerous World of Canadian Street Gangs Michael C.
The definitions include, but are not limited to, members and associates of criminal street gangs, criminal motorcycle gangs, criminal hate groups, and criminal extremist groups.
Quinn was jailed for life in 1988 for the 1975 murder of PC Stephen Tibble in London and moved to Ireland with the Balcombe Street gang when the Good Friday deal was signed.
To date we have conducted twenty-six in-depth interviews, twenty-three with members of the SPCUM, including four members of the "Youth and Street Gangs Committee" (Jeunesse etgangs de rue); four members of the anti-gang squad's street gang section, including the present and past directors; five constables involved in prevention and community relations (Section prevention et relations communautaires, and Projets speciaux); ten members of the youth police (police-jeunesse) and socio-community specialists (agents socio-communitaires); one person in charge of security in an "at-risk" school in Montreal and two constables involved with the street gang problem in a Montreal suburb.
The founder of the Winnipeg Native Alliance has made it his mission to help Native youth, especially street gang members, find a better way.
The Warriors -- Based on a 70's action flick that set new standards for "artistic violence," a street gang battles its way across NYC in an attempt to reach its home turf.