A Research Study At Hand Aimed

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Reviving Hope
Ruben Rojas
University of California, Irvine

The study at hand aimed to investigate the aspects that lead individuals to join a gang, the reasons as to why they decided to part ways with it, and the consequences that resulted from their affiliation. Through the analysis of interviews and observations, several themes were noticeable such as the initiation to the gang, desistance, consequences, and services offered to help reintegrate into society. Former gang members expressed and constantly mentioned their childhood having a major part in the decisions they made which ultimately lead to them being “jumped “into a gang. Some of the reasons this occurred so frequently among so many individuals was partly due to constant profiling, problematic relationships with many of them being at home, or the social environment they found themselves being surrounded by.
On the other hand, desistance occurred after they [gang members] were imprisoned and realized no one was there to help cope with their segregation from the public. After realizing they were alone, they were able to take a step back and take a deeper look at the situation they were in and decided that they needed a change. Along with growing out of it, or following an unexpected family emergency, such as a loved one being diagnosed with cancer, it was clear change was necessary.
A majority of former gang members said the ultimate consequences from gang affiliation were
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