Rakshita (Raks) Patel (rakspatel) wrote in mycroft_brolly,
Rakshita (Raks) Patel

Gangs: What is a "gang"?

There is no agreed national definition of a “gang”, although definitions largely agree that gangs involve three or more people, involve criminality and violence, and have a distinct sense of identity often related to a particular territory.

The Centre for Social Justice’s report Dying to Belong defines a gang as:

“A relatively durable, predominantly street-based group of young people who:
1) see themselves (and are seen by others) as a discernible group;
2) engage in a range of criminal activity and violence;
3) identify with or lay claim over territory;
4) have some form of identifying structural feature; and
5) are in conflict with other, similar, gangs.”

I am running with this definition!
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