"Life in the gang is a miserable life. One starves, cries alone and still can't leave. Anywhere one goes, one can be killed." – Gang member in El Salvador.
Although at-risk youths may have a variety of reasons for joining street gangs, a new study suggests that gang membership and criminal acts often serve as deviant leisure activities, fulfilling young people's needs for excitement, ...
Domestic extremists tend to be much older, better educated, more affluent, more religious, and are more likely to be white than street gang members, according to a sweeping new University of Colorado Boulder study that systematically ...
A new study of Sāmoan youth gangs in South Auckland has found that sending troubled youth back to their homeland can be detrimental to their wellbeing, and that of the village they are sent to.
The allure of street gangs is something Gabriel "Joey" Merrin knows firsthand, having grown up in low-income neighborhoods in inner-city Chicago that are notorious for gang violence, crime and poverty.
In her first book, "Jumped In," Jorja Leap, professor of social welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, told the story of her life as a "gangster anthropologist" and an observer and advocate for the young men ...
There are over one million juvenile gang members in the U.S., more than three times the number estimated by law enforcement, according to a recent study.
Although membership in a gang often is depicted as a lifelong commitment, the typical gang member joins at age 13 and only stays active for about two years, according to a study at Sam Houston State University.
Gang members are twice as likely to become both a victim and an offender of a crime than non-gang members, as single acts of violence often lead to retribution between gangs as a whole, according to a new study.
The U.S. Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search cellphones found on people they arrest without first getting a warrant.