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This week's story covers a group that has done nothing more than spread violence and mayhem across our nation. With the help of regular contributor Tracy Barnhart we examine the workings of the MS-13 gang, and, hopefully, provide information to help all law enforcement groups contain and eradicate this nuisance.
Jim, Corrections.com editor


Spread of a menace

By Tracy Barnhart

Dissecting a disease

During the early 1980s, a violent civil war began in El Salvador. It lasted more than twelve years. Estimates say nearly 100,000 people were killed.

As a result, more than one million people fled from El Salvador to the United States, with most settling mainly in Southern California and Washington, D.C. Some had ties to La Mara, a violent El Salvadoran street gang.

Others had been members of paramilitary groups like the Farabundo Marti Nacional Liberation during the civil war in El Salvador. These FMNL members were peasants trained as guerilla fighters, and were adept at using explosives, firearms, knives and booby traps.

Still others had ties to a group known as Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13. Read this week's full story.

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Adult institutions administrator appointed

William Grosshans has been chosen to oversee the division of adult institutions, which is the largest unit of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Full story.

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- Martin Luther King Jr. (1928 - 1968) U.S. civil rights leader and clergyman, from his speech at the civil rights march on Washington, August 28, 1963


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