Common Myths About Gangs

1. Majority of street gang members are juveniles

2. Majority of gang related crimes involve gang vs. gang

3. All street gangs are "turf" oriented

4. Gang weapons usually consist of chains, knives, and tire irons

5. Females are not allowed to join gangs

6. All gangs have one leader and are tightly structured

7. Graffiti is merely an "art form"

8. One way to "cure" gang membership is by locking the person away in prison

9. Gangs are a law enforcement problem


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