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Each gang has their own structure. Members are usually males from 13 to 28 years old,

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Tom Schmeding Gang structure Each gang has their own structure. Members are usually males from 13 to 28 years old, but police are also seeing female subsets of existing gangs. Gangs are not restricted to only youths from disadvantaged and low income areas: many middle and upper class youths are also involved in gang activity (http://www.gangfreekids.org/gangs.html). In addition, gangs are not just comprised of African-American youths; gang members represent all racial and ethnic groups. Some gang members may also have relatives that belong to the gang. ...read more.

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The hardcore gang members are at high risk of being involved for life. These members basically care about nothing besides the gang. About 10 percent of the gang is composed of these criminals. Following the hardcore gang members are the associate gang members. Associate gang members generally make a personal commitment to the gang culture. They work really hard in the gang so they could achieve the hardcore gang member status (http://www.nbc17.com/news/3301426/detail.html). Next in procession is the fringe gang member. The fringe gang member is a part of the gang but they have not made a commitment to a life in the criminal gang culture (http://www.gangfreekids.org/gangs.html). ...read more.

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These gang members may associate with other gang members, but they have not yet been initiated into the gang. What is most often seen in the public eye as the gang is usually just a clique from within the larger group. The clique consists of: associate, fringe, and wanna-be gang members who hang around with one or more of the hard core gang members. Exceptions to this would be times of conflict or at social functions. The clique resembles a gang within a gang. National Foundation for Abused and Neglected Children. (2005). Gangs. Retrieved April 4, 2005, from http://www.gangfreekids.org/gangs.html (2004, May 13). Faq's about gangs. Retrieved April 6, 2005 from http://www.nbc17.com/news/3301426/detail.html ...read more.

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