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The U.S. Southern Command estimates that there are approximately 70,000 gang members in Central America (Ribando). The difficulty in estimating gang membership, however, could make this number inaccurate, and “some estimates put the regional count much higher, from 200,000 to 500,000” (Leggett).

El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have approached the gang issue through different types of legislation and policies.