What is Gang - Understanding Defining Gangs Ursula Perez Kim Nguyen How many gangs and gang members are there It is uncertain how many gangs

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Understanding & Defining Gangs Ursula Perez Kim Nguyen
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How many gangs and gang members are there? It is uncertain how many gangs operate within the United States. There are as many estimates as there are many estimators. In 1998, Howell estimated that there are 30,000 gangs and 800,000 gang members. Over the past 20 years, the survey and estimates come from law enforcement agencies. With the surveys and estimates coming from law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement agencies tend to write their own definitions. Law enforcement agencies also provide conservative estimates of certain gangs and gang members that operate within in there city.
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How many gangs and gang members are there? Quite often, law enforcement agencies write conservative estimates to preserve the self image of the city and to promote the tourism. Law enforcement agencies are given federal dollars to and they have a vested interest in producing high numbers of gangs and gang members. Gangs tend to come and go and it difficult to determine how many
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What is Gang - Understanding Defining Gangs Ursula Perez Kim Nguyen How many gangs and gang members are there It is uncertain how many gangs

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