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NCJ Number: 123184 Find in a Library
Title: When You're a Crip (or a Blood)
Journal: School Safety  Dated:(Fall 1989)  Pages:4-11
Author(s): L Bing
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
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Annotation: Members of two Los Angeles youth gang, the Crips and the Bloods, describe the reasons they join gangs and their daily activities in this transcript of a discussion that was held at the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center in Los Angeles and that was moderated by journalist Leon Bing.
Abstract: Participants included a 23-year old who has been incarcerated for first-degree murder, attempted murder, and robbery; a 28-year-old who has been incarcerated for a variety of violent and property offenses; a founder of a Chicago gang who is now an actor and lecturer; and a 23-year-old current gang member. They said that committing a misdemeanor and being a good fighter were main ways to enter a gang. They described their clothes, their weapons, their gang territories, killings, fighting, and their relationships with their mothers and other relatives. Glossary of gang members' slang.
Main Term(s): Juvenile gang behavior patterns
Index Term(s): Antisocial attitudes; California
Note: Edited reprint from Harper's Magazine, March 1989
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