What is a gang?
Virginia State Code § 18.2-46.1 "Criminal street gang" means any ongoing organization, association, or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, (i) which has as one of its primary objectives or activities the commission of one or more criminal activities; (ii) which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol; and (iii) whose members individually or collectively have engaged in the commission of, attempt to commit, conspiracy to commit, or solicitation of two or more predicate criminal acts, at least one of which is an act of violence, provided such acts were not part of a common act or transaction.

Gangs may be organized on the basis of race, ethnicity, or geographical location.

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1. What is a gang?
2. Who belongs to gangs?
3. Why do people join gangs?
4. How to identify gang members?
5. How does one get out of a gang?