The Vice Lords are recorded to be the oldest and second-largest black street gang in the Chicago area. The Vice Lords were originally formed in the late 1950s and until this day, the West-side of Chicago remains their terrain of power. The gang has an estimated 20,000 members throughout the state of Illinois. These numbers consist of both street members and incarcerated prison soldiers. Although endemic to Chicago region, The Vice Lords have expanded into neighboring states to advance the gangs criminal activity. There have been sets confirmed in 28 states, with a nationwide membership of nearly 35,000 members and associates.