Episode 20: Why Do People Join Gangs? A Discussion About Perceptions Towards and Experiences with Gangs (Guest Speakers)

Gang violence has plagued our cities for decades. According to the FBI, about 5% of our youth (or 1.4 million) is involved in a gang to some degree and they make up about a fifth of homicide rates. In Kacey Shap’s forthcoming book, titled “The Sage, The Shepherd and the Peacemaker: How Gangs, Police and Activists Externalize Violence Through Gangs” he explores gangs as a holistic system. The question we came together to address on this episode is: why do people join gangs in the first place?