Are gangs just made up of kids and teenagers?

Surprisingly, juveniles under the age of 18 make up only a small percentage of a gang's membership. Many hard-core and associate gang members are individuals in their twenties who may have been incarcerated either in the local jail, state prison, or both. Older members recruit children to do many of the gang's illegal activities, knowing that if kids get caught, they will usually receive a much lighter sentence than adults will. It should also be noted that in some areas of the country, particularly in economically depressed areas and where jobs are scarce, gang members are joining up for the first time while in their 20s. This is done for financial reasons.

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1. I think my son or daughter is in a gang. How can I be sure?
2. My child admits to being in a gang. What do I do now?
3. Are gangs just made up of Blacks and Hispanics from the inner city?
4. Are there any girl gangs?
5. There seems to be a lot of gang activity coming from my neighbor's house. What should I do?
6. Are gangs just made up of kids and teenagers?
7. How big is the gang problem?
8. Who runs these gangs?
9. What should schools do to combat the gang problem?
10. I'm a single mother and have to work full time. How can I keep my children away from gangs?
11. Is gang graffiti just meaningless scribble or is it some type of art?
12. Should I search my child's room?
13. When should a parent begin to take steps to combat the gang problem?