But some gang members are just kids with no home life trying to make a way of life with stability and culture. Other than the police or other law enforcement, no one needs to clarify for certain if someone is a gang member.
If someone is dating your kid, and you want to know, ask.
When: susceptibility to gang influence is possible from the early age of eight on into 20's.
How: Quitting the gang: two of the very few options available for successfully leaving a gang are being "beaten down" or "jumped out." These are similar to the jumpin'in initiation rite, expect the beatings are often so severe that severe injury results.
When: interest in gang membership can begin as early as eight years old.
How: initiation into a gang: some initiations rites are the same as for male gangs, such as shoplifting, robbery, or beatings. Quitting the gang: similar to the rules of a male gang, a ritual must be endured to leave.
When a member manages to get out of a gang with dignity, he definitely loses the gang's protection but does not lose his former enemies.Authorities in Massachusetts released records that showed police had a gang profile on Hernandez, 27, according to the Associated Press.Under "area frequented," Hernandez was listed as a "Bloods Street Gang member."It wasn't the first time Hernandez had been identified as such.In the latter part of the 1980's this country was impacted by the migration of inner-city gang members across America.This migration from metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles and Chicago, set in motion a social phenomenon of violence and anti-authority defiance among youth.