Hybrid Gang Law and Legal Definition
Hybrid gangs are new youth gangs engaged in illegal activities. Such gangs are found throughout the U.S. Traditional gangs were usually formed along race, ethnicity and cultural lines, and had structural hierarchy and code of discipline/conduct. Unlike traditional gangs based on race or neighborhood loyalty, the new generations of gangsters are devoted to making money through illegal activities such as drugs, robbery, and prostitution.
Hybrid gangs consist of people from different racial/ethnic groups, and individuals participating in multiple gangs. Such gangs have unclear codes of conduct, and symbolic association with more than one gang. Hybrid gangs modify traditional gang culture with their personal interpretations and agendas. Presently, hybrid gangs have become a big criminal and societal problem in the community. Hybrid gangs are common in Kansas.