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Being labeled a gangster could land you in prison longer, even if you're a regular criminal

In response to gang violence in Los Angeles in the 1980s, California passed a law that allowed for sentencing enhancement — lengthening — if the convicted criminal was a member of a gang. It allows prosecutors to stiffen the sentence for certain types of crimes. But figuring out who's a gang member — and who isn't — isn't always as clear-cut as it sounds.

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'For less than a dollar, you can [buy] a liter of acid and basically destroy someone's life'

Almost 10 years ago, a young Pakistani woman was held down by her mother-in-law while her husband and father-in-law threw acid on her. Some 150 operations later, Bushra Shafi is working as a beautician in a hair salon in Lahore, started by a hairdresser who was moved to help victims of acid attacks when one of them came into her salon and asked simply: "Can you make me beautiful again?"