“Blood In, Blood Out.”
So goes a common saying about the inescapability of gang life, a reference to a 1993 movie that chronicled the bloody lives of three gangsters in East Los Angeles.
In fact, leaving gangs is quite common. According to the National Gang Center, a Justice Department-funded research project, the majority of youth who join gangs remain active for one to two years. Fewer than one in 10 stays involved for four or more years.
As the Trump administration cracks down on the violent street gang MS-13, experts say a significant law enforcement response to the gang’s violence is warranted. …read more