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date: 23 September 2019

gang myths 

A Dictionary of Gangs

Bill Sanders

Misperceptions about the reality of gangs and gang life that often stem from a non-academic source (e.g. the police; the media) and are not supported by empirical data uncovered through rigorous research. Among the most common gang myths are the belief that individuals have to kill to become a gang member and then must kill to get out of the gang, the ‘blood-in, blood-out’ legend. Other myths include: the idea that all gang members are capable of homicide; that all gangs are organized; that gangs are organized to sell drugs; that gang members spend most of their time committing crime; that innocent bystanders are often killed in gang-related shootings; and that gang members who sell drugs do not use such drugs (e.g. ‘don’t get high on your own supply’).... ...

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