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The Business of Gangs  

June 1, 2007

The dynamics of Los Angeles and the Crip and Blood gangs of the 1980s presented certain criminal entrepreneurs with to opportunity to control the drug trade in large sections of the city, and the L.A. drug lifestyle provided an unlimited consumer base for expansion; it was supply and demand economics in its most vicious form.

The Dawn of the Crips  

May 9, 2007
No matter where you heard it, Stanley “Tookie” Williams was not the co-founder of the Crip street gang in Los Angeles. Many of the leaders of the first Crip gangs knew each other at Washington, Fremont, or Locke High Schools. But more often they were fellow inmates at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Youth Authority, and Fred Shaw or Bob Simmon’s Home for Boys.
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How to Tell that a Group is a Gang  

May 9, 2007

Throughout history gangs have developed, multiplied, and mutated into many forms. Today one of law enforcement’s biggest problems is the inability of law enforcement intelligence to accurately estimate the number of gangs and gang members. There are several reasons for this, but the key one is that we have no universally accepted definition of a gang.

The traditional gangs are those that are territorial or claim turf. This would include your Hispanic “Cholos,” the African-American Blo

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