The book emphasizes the idea of how difficult it is to leave the gang lifestyle. There are frequent cases of relapse by individuals in the book, who were once out to again return to gangs. This case is brought by what gangs represent to this in the book and what leaving entails them to give up. The definition of gangs presented to the class was, three or more members, share name, color, or affiliation, or must exist in...
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...you were suspected of being a gang member, you were pretty much guilty until proven innocent” (31). This is a basis of the confrontation between the police and the communities that breed gang culture, the differing methods of trying to stop gang violence. The gang interventionist’s or (ex-gang members who want to dispel the violence from gangs and work for peace) discussed in the book walk a tight rope between gang culture and civic justice. Even though these gang interventionist intentions are pure, they are still seen as gang members, and shady by the police department. These is the bigger dealt with in the book, the fact that instead of working with those in the community, the police instead are suspicious of them. This relates back to the predator thesis and this mentality that these gang members are no longer regular people, that they are predators above reform.
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