Gangs from the inside
Chicago gangs function like successful businesses. Their business model includes supplying the neighborhood with the demand for illegal drugs and warding off potential threats to their profits; i.e. other gangs. Ex gang members discuss how gangs compare to legal businesses; including how they expand their turf to maximize profit and how powerful outside gangs, like MS-13, could not penetrate into the competitive Chicago gang market.
There's a thin line that distinguishes a neighborhood crew from a gang. One ex gang member, who now works for ONE/CeaseFire in Rogers Park, explains how his crew rose from 13 football buddies to a 400-member gang overnight.
An interview in Ceasefire's Rogers Park office ends in gang intervention at a local church. Walk in the shoes of a reporter participating in an intervention between neighborhood gang members and a group of re-entry males.