Gang Life is a Dead End

Referring to ‘gang life’ as a ‘dead end’ is not meant to be sensational or to instill a sense of hopelessness in those tied to that world. The reality is that true gang life does not come with a happy ending for those that choose to stay committed to it. Violence, paranoia, anxiety, victimization and death are commonplace in that world. What money and material goods one may acquire are often nowhere near what was imagined and often of little pleasure or use when one is constantly on guard, always fearing arrest or attack. Thankfully there are options and ways out for those prepared to help themselves.

There are a limited number of options for gang members and those that operate in the world of organized crime:

Some gang members will try to downplay jail time. What they won’t say is just how violent and undesirable an experience it actually is. Nobody ‘wants’ to go to jail. Beyond the lack of freedom is a violent, isolated and contained world in which gang members continue to target and viciously attack each other, often with fatal results.

Targeted gang attacks are without mercy. Victims are either killed or savagely mutilated and crippled. Those fortunate enough to escape intact are then left to wonder when the next attempt on their life will come. Gang members and those tied to criminal activity are far more likely to be victims of violence than other members of the community. It is a tragic and needless waste of lives.

Leaving gang life is not always easy. There is often pressure to stay and penalties for getting out. But if one is dedicated and sincere in their goal to leave gang life and criminal activity behind, support is available to help people of all ages lead better, safer lives.

The Calgary Police Service has resources, programs and partner agencies in place to assist, many of which can be found under ‘Get Help,’ and other areas of this site. If you are unsure of where to start, you can also call our Gang Helpline at 403-428-8191.