Who runs these gangs?

Many gangs are run by incarcerated adult gang leaders. For example, the notorious Chicago-based Gangster Disciples number over 25,000, yet they are governed by one man from his jail cell, Larry Hoover, who is currently serving a 150-200 year prison term. Many of these leaders give orders to local area coordinators, or generals, as they are sometimes called. Smaller gangs are more loosely knit, and leadership can take the form of several individuals who are best in certain areas such as fighting, drug sales, or weapons procurement.

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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?