Washington state separates rival gangs.

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To reduce violence, the Washington State Department of Corrections has begun housing members of rival gangs in separate units, reported The Seattle Times. According to WDOC spokesperson Chad Lewis, gang members make up 18 percent of the state's 18,000 prison population but account for 43 percent of major violent prison crimes. And because state law enforcement agencies have been focusing on gang violence, more gang members are entering the prison system.

When members of various Hispanic street gangs enter prison, they put aside their old gang ties and unite under either the Nortenos or the Surenos. These groups then partake in "fight-on-sight orders," said Dan Pacholke, deputy director of the prisons division for WDOC. This prompted WDOC to make...

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