From The Publisher: Aug. 17, 1992

The way to reduce gang-related violence in America's inner cities, goes the conventional wisdom, is to persuade teenagers to quit their gangs. But that prescription seemed a little too simplistic to Chicago bureau chief Jon Hull, who had reported extensively on such groups during a stint in TIME's Los Angeles bureau. Says Jon: "When you join a gang, you make a very serious commitment. I had the sense that it wasn't so easy to leave one." So he took to the streets for three weeks, trying to find out what it takes to graduate from a gang. His frightening report appears...

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