Can Gang Violence Be Treated Like a Health Epidemic?


Can Gang Violence Be Treated Like a Health Epidemic?

WASHINGTON — Today’s gang members use social media to communicate and target youth. But health researchers are also using new technology to explore solutions to gang violence.
The United States’ 33,000 gangs have approximately 1.4 million members, according to the National Gang Report, created by the National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association and the FBI’s Safe Streets and Gang Unit.
Many prison and street gangs are utilizing social networks to communicate, the report finds, with Facebook and Twitter as the most commonly used platforms.

The report was one subject of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C. last week.
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