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U.S. pledges funds for gang control

October 15, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The U.S. government pledged to give El Salvador $2.6 million to fight gangs.

The money will be used over the next year to help authorities investigate violent gangs, contain their recruiting and improve the country's prison system.

Central American immigrants living in the U.S. in the 1980s started the Mara gangs, which spread to Central America in the 1990s as the U.S. began massive deportations of convicted criminals.

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