What is a considered a gang?

Criminal street gangs consist of three or more people, with a common name, sign, or symbol that form an allegiance for a common purpose and engage in specific criminal activity as defined in the penal code. 

Many street gangs are formed according to ethnic or racial lines. For example; 

  • Black  - Bloods and Crips
  • Hispanic - Norteno and Sureno
  • White - white supremacists, white pride, etc.

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1. What is a considered a gang?
2. How do gangs function?
3. What are factors contributing to gang affiliation?
4. What are signs of gang involvement?
5. What are steps parents can take to discourage gang activity?
6. Where can people find more information about gangs or gang-related crimes?