One million gang members in the United States

A report published by the US Justice Department found that there are as many as one million gang members in the United States, belonging to as many as 20,000 gangs.  These gangs and gang members are responsible for up to 80 percent of crime in the communities where they operate. These crimes range from drug trafficking, human smuggling, arms trafficking, and various other criminal activities.

 

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  1. Source: Jason Ryan, “Gangs Blamed for 80 Percent of U.S. Crimes,” ABC News, January 30, 2009.

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