Research Sheds Light on Obstacles to Leaving El Salvador Gangs

Gangs Of El Salvador
Q24N (Insightcrime.org) A recent study of El Salvador’s gang phenomenon has shown that, while it is possible for gang members to abandon these groups, desistance depends on several factors, including the gangs’ own acquiescence.
A study carried out by Florida International University, shows that desistance from gangs in El Salvador is possible and takes place more often than it is usually believed.
In the short term, however, the report states that gang members’ successful exit depends on their commitment to leaving the criminal structure, and crucially, on the consent of the gang leaders themselves. The study concludes that abandoning a gang is a delicate and gradual process that must be constantly negotiated with the group one chooses to leave.
The study was based on a

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