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Chicago Crime Commission releases 1st gang guide since 2012

Guadalupe Garcia speaks with Telemundo at a press conference, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in downtown Chicago. Garcia is treasurer of the Chicago Crime Commission, who unveiled its first street-gang book in six years on how some 59 active gangs operate in the nation's third largest city. (AP Photo/Annie Rice)
June 12, 2018 - 12:55 PM

CHICAGO - The Chicago Crime Commission has officially unveiled its first new street-gang guide in six years, detailing changes in where and how 59 Chicago gangs operate.

The 400-page publication, called The Gang Book, was released Tuesday by the crime-prevention group.

The Associated Press obtained advance access and reported Monday about how gangs' embrace of social media is transforming gang culture.

The book also includes updated gang-turf maps and police data showing that once-cohesive, disciplined gangs have splintered into over 2,400 factions.

Commission President J.R. Davis said Tuesday that the splintering means street-level gang members "are becoming their own leaders," prompting more block-by-block violence.

Vice-President Andrew Henning says the book will serve as a guide for regional police. He says it'll also help businesses and schools understand threats gangs pose.

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