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Gangs and violence Gangs have been around since the 1950s and early 1960s Gangs are a loosely organized group of tghree or more people who interact together for a common purpose and are usually participating in some kind of legal activit whether it be violent crimes or drug dealing or both Gang members usually can be identified by signs colors clothing tattoos jelry or hand signals Gangs often claim control over a certain territory in their community creating an atmosphere of fear and intimidation there and will fight rival gangs for control of the territory In some cases they are traveling out of state to spread their violence and crime Gang members generally range from ages 13 to 21 years old However kids as young as nine are eligible for recruiting Those who join gangs often have low self-esteem feel unloved at home do poorly in school and have a hard time making decisions and communicating with others Many also join gangs for protection Kids who are born into a family with a gang background which is becoming more and more common are basically recruited when they are born Gang inititation ususally involves a violent beating some type of criminal activity or fighting with one of the present gang members Once inititated intot he gag there is usually no way out Those who try to leave the gang usually become targets of the gang A hit is put out on the inidivual usually resulting in death It is not illegal to be in a gang Socialists as well as gang members have isolated many reasons why kids join gangs and each case is indiviual The majority join to fill their basic needs which usually are not being met at home and at school These are respect support family recognition protection identity belong money and control Many gang members come from pppol andor
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