ABC News reports that according to the Justice Department, there are currently 21,000 street gangs in the U.S., with a total membership of 700,000. These gangs are now using the web to recruit new members by posting content that glorifies the lifestyle. This type of recruitment–which sometimes uses youths as young as eight–is known as “net banging.” Chip Burress, assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Division says of the trend: “It’s not becoming an epidemic, it is an epidemic.” …

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