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Gang Violence - Gang violence is a growing problem in this world. No parent would like to imagine their kids dealing with weapons or being threatened by them. These violence’s affects each child individually and their families as well. These gangs recruit multiple different individuals for many reasons such as bribery, family traditions, or even threatening. Although, many kids feel like they have to be a part of it but there are many resources out in this world to prevent them from believing so....   [tags: Gang Violence Essays]
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Solutions to Gang Violence in Society - Gang violence is a major problem in our society today. If nothing is done soon, gang violence could take place in our neighborhoods. MW Klein, a gang researcher, says that gangs are an aggregation of youths who perceive themselves as distinct, and that are viewed as distinct by the community. Klein also states that the gangs call forth a consistently negative image of themselves through their actions (Klein). To those involved in gangs however, gang membership provided a youth means of attempting to consolidate their gender identities (Douglas)....   [tags: Gang Violence Crimes Violent Essays]
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Taking a Look at Gang Violence - ... The African-American gangs were abundant in high-rise apartment buildings and segregated communities. Dr. Daniel Monti, the Professor of Sociology at Saint Louis University explains this by stating, “High-rise public housing provided gangs with cohesion because it was an identifiable and secure home base.” The high-rises helped to lessen the gang violence in New York in the 50s but gang violence continued to persist elsewhere in the U.S. In Chicago in the 1960s, 51 high rise apartments were built creating a black ghetto on the west side of town....   [tags: characteristics of a gang, gang member] 1090 words
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Gang Violence in Philadelphia - The streets of Philadelphia are rapidly becoming a home to violent acts and random homicides. Innocent lives are taken every day due to the strong presence of gangs, and the streets are run by unruly groups of fearless young adults. Gang violence in Philadelphia is a major issue, and the citizens will never be safe until gang prevention occurs. Gang prevention is not a simple task, but with the right resources available, it is possible. Gang violence is a problem that will contribute to the collapse of Philadelphia, and it has yet to be solved throughout many generations....   [tags: gang prevention essays]
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Stopping Gang Violence - Gang violence has been a problem for many years, and it shows no signs of subsiding any time soon. One of the biggest challenges faced by those attempting to stem the tide of gangs in the United States is the cultural and societal factors that contribute to the continued survival and growth of gangs within communities. The most critical factor in combating gang violence is juveniles. Juveniles are important for several reasons. They are most at risk due to their position in their community. Parents in low income areas often work long hours and are not able to supervise their children as much as necessary....   [tags: Preventing Gang Expansion] 1839 words
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The Impact of Gang Violence in Oklahoma - ... A lot of gangs will begin inside a prison and then expanded to the streets. All gangs have different initiations to get into a gang and different initiations to get out of a gang. An initiation is a mark of becoming something new as some cultures believe it is a sign of you being reborn and becoming something new. Most gang initiation involve the gangs member beating you senseless or having you kill someone. There was a case around 15 years ago where two boys that went to Putnam City North High School that had to do an initiation to get into a gang....   [tags: homocides, violence, members] 1329 words
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Gang Violence - In society most people feel safe and do not have a sense of urgency that something appalling will transpire around them. Although these people may hear about the surplus of current events going on around the world today that may be abysmal they tend to not care because they perceive that it will not arise around their home. Gang violence in youths is a prominent problem around numerous portions of the world today. Youths are forced to go along with the engagements taken place in the gang which can be cataclysmic to society and themselves....   [tags: Society, Youth, Violence]
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Letter to Mayor Regarding Gang Violence in Canada - As an individual living in a community where gang violence is an issue, I am grateful that you are able to take part in a movement to lower the amount of gang violence today. According to Statistics Canada, gang-related homicides have been unchanged for 2011 to 2012 years with 0.27 victims for every 100,000 of the population.[1] In Ontario from 2002 to 2012, deaths peaked at 38 in 2003 and lowered significantly in 2004 to 17.[2] These numbers prove that gang-related violence are a constant battle in many communities every year....   [tags: gang-related homicides]
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Gang Violence: Problem on the Rise - What ever happened to kids wanting saying they wanted to be a police officer, fireman, doctor or teacher when they grow up. Does anyone ever say, when I grow up I want to be in a gang. According to the National Gang Threat Assessment there are over one million gang members in California and over forty percent are under the age of eighteen. Just in Fresno alone there are over twelve thousand gang members and over 500 gangs (Overend). Gang violence is a growing problem and if we don’t try to control it now it will be a bigger problem in the future....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]
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Theories on Gangs and Gang Violence - ... 222). It is in these smaller cities where the poverty stricken tended to flock to. There are five different types of street gangs that were categorized by Klein and Maxson (2006); The Traditional Gang, who are territorial, have been around for more than twenty years and whose numbers reach more than a hundred members; The Neotraditional Gang, whom resemble the traditional gang in many ways but have not been in existence for long and consists of less than 100 members; The Compressed Gang, whom have been in existence for less than ten years with some being territorial and consists of less than fifty members; The Collective Gang, whom some are territorial also but are larger, have been arou...   [tags: Groups, Streets, Illegal] 662 words
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A Review of Gang Violence - ... 166). Questions put forth by the researcher in this study seem to be sound, valid and appropriate. Those surveyed were granted anonymity for safety reasons. It was deemed probable that divulging names (legal or street) could possibly endanger those willing to cooperate in this study. Punishment would most likely take the form of retaliation by one’s own gang or rival gang members (due to disclosing sensitive information to authorities). Unfortunately, retaliation is an often used ‘punishment’ for offences committed by a gang or its members....   [tags: retaliation, gan activity]
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Stopping Gang Violence in Toronto - ... By getting to the youth we are able to grab the situation (gang violence) by the roots. And with that be said one of the major ways to reduce gang violence or potentially put it to a halt for future generation of children to come is by having more activities for children to keep themselves busy with. By having more activities be provided for the youth through places live after school programs or community centres. The youth will be able to have many different activities to get themselves involved with being busy....   [tags: community, crime, education]
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Delinquency and Gang Violence - Delinquency and gang violence has disturbed many communities in Urban African American areas. Engaging youth in community programs may take away from the violence, focusing on the missing factor within delinquents. Youth delinquents are molded into violent criminals before they have a chance to build themselves, the known reason is there communities have a part in there behavior. A problem many communities are faced with is delinquency and gangs. Delinquency and gangs begin to pull in the similarities and focus more on the meaning connected to youth violence from the past to the present....   [tags: Communities, Urban, African American Areas]
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Gang Violence in Chicago - 1) “Gang Violence in Chicago/ Psychology” is the topic/discipline, I have chosen. a) The initial step in understanding the discipline of Psychology would be to obtain a formalized definition of this particular branch of scientific study. Defining the study of Psychology would provide formalized focus for research into the field. The Methods/avenues of research I would employ include the internet, review of professional and academic journals and interviewing a psychologist to gain firsthand perception of the field....   [tags: Discipline of Psychology] 1441 words
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Gang Violence - Gangs are made up of a big “family”, which includes men, woman, and children. Children as young as seven or nine years old have been recruited in the gang. Gang member join gangs for many reasons such as protection. They live in the gang area and are in danger to violence by rival gangs so they feel they need to be protected. Another reason they join gangs is for the brotherhood. When they have lack of communication or a bad home environment they look towards the gang because it shows them love and protection like if they were family....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 777 words
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Gang Violence - The North Carolina Governor’s crime commission states that there are 1,446 gangs across the state with a total of 19,000 members. The average age of gang membership is 15 years old (Our Initiatives-Gang Prevention). In the 1980’s national gangs began to shift from just the bad street type local criminals to taking on public arrangements involved with drug trafficking and other illegal activities. As there power and membership increased gangs were being recognized in locations outside of their regular neighborhood (SKEP)....   [tags: Social Issues]
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Gang Violence in the United States - Gang Violence in the United States Gang violence in America is reaching alarming proportions. Chicago police Commander Donald Hilbring states, "Gangs are everywhere. All throughout the city of Chicago, the suburbs, throughout the state, throughout the nation." Chicago police state that so far this year, more than 100 gang-related murders have occurred. Everyday an other report on the evening news relays the tragedy of a child accidently caught in gang crossfire. The image of black, inner-city teenagers selling "crack" on neighborhood street corners and shooting it out over drug "turf" comes to mind whenever we hear the story told....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers Crime] 1207 words
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The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence - Gang violence is becoming a known threat in our country. Gang violence is defined as a group of people by repetitive socializing individuals or close friends with recognizable influence and inner coordination. These gangs will claim full control over a region in a community, town, or specific area which will lead to the involvement of violent crimes and unlawful behavior as a group or even by oneself. Since these gangs are increasing in size in communities, citizens of certain areas are beginning to move out or avoid going to these locations in order to avoid becoming the next victim to one of the community gangs waiting to engage in their next deviant act....   [tags: communities, poverty level, crime]
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Gang Violence and Biker Gangs - Gang violence is a major problem in our society today. Gang violence could take place in our neighborhoods and corrupt the young children easily influenced by the violent behavior as well. In the two poems, ?Leather-Jackets, Bikes and Birds. by Robert Davies and ?Street Gang. by H. Webster, the two poets write about gang related issues discussing the ill-mannered bikers who cause these problems to other around them. These poems discuss the violence, death and illegal activity in which a number of people participated in, which like reality is the problematic truth....   [tags: essays research papers] 1435 words
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Gang Violence And Substance Abuse - Gangs in the United States are becoming more violent and deadly than ever. Thousand of people are dying each year from these ill-mannered thugs. In today's societies gang activity is an everyday occurrence whether it includes violence, drugs, death or any illegal activity in which they participate. The research that I have conducted will focus on how the selling of drugs by gangs members can lead to violence/death and how turf wars between rival gang can also lead to death. In recent years the selling of drugs has increased in the world of gang members....   [tags: Drug Addiction Essays] 1298 words
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Gang Violence - Gang Violence Gangs are becoming a growing problem in American society. More young people are turning to gangs to solve problems in their lives. When youths join gangs they drop social activities with family, friends and school. Members fall behind their classmates in school and do not try. A study shows that less than 1% of gang bangers is literate1. Gangs destroy teenager lives and destroy their chances for a good education and happy life. Gangs are now a haven for rats.      Teenagers are joining gangs every day....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Gangs Teen Essays]
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Gang Violence - Gang Violence Nowadays gangs are big issues in America. People who are in gang feel like they belong some where and people care about them. There are various reasons people join gangs, and almost all age group between ages 12-40 are involved in gangs. One of the big reasons people join gangs is because of their needs, protection, and also they want attention from people around them. Gang’s should be taken seriously because today’s gangs are more violent and brutal then they were in 60’s....   [tags: essays research papers] 807 words
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Three Ways Police and Probation Officers can Reduce Gang Violence - Police and probation officers use two words to describe their jobs, to protect and to serve. Not only do they put their lives in danger every day, but also help the community in more ways than one. Some ways that police and probation officers can help lower gang violence is by implementing laws more accordingly, establishing a relationship with troubled youth, and creating programs that benefit their well-being. The root of gang violence all begins at home and then spreads. A troubled teen may be lacking the love and attention from their parent whether it is because they work too much, or simply do not care....   [tags: neutral zone, teen gangs, police officers]
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Gang Violence in New York as Presented by West Side Story - ... The degree of the fighting could range from anything between using fists to using more dangerous weapons such as baseball bats and even guns. As Clarence Norman, a Brooklyn resident, recalls in The Telegraph, “We’d have a picnic on the Parade Ground and wait for it to start. We’d watch for a while, and then we’d all have to run.” As is the case in West Side Story, many of these fights were between people from different racial / ethnic backgrounds. The gang mentality, particularly regarding the claiming and guarding of turf, is reflected in the characters in West Side Story....   [tags: Romeo and Juliet musical adaptation] 972 words
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Articles about Involvement in Gang Violence and Methods of Prevention for Students - In low income areas and large cities, gang violence is a major problem many parents hope their children will avoid. Unaffordability makes the option of relocating out of the question for the majority of families. Very few people from neighborhoods such as this are able to go to college because of the expense and lack of motivation from the students. Scholarships are the only hope for kids who grow up in environments like downtown Oakland or Berkeley, California. Scholarships can only be granted through outstanding skills in academics, sports, and extracurricular activities, though, not because a student has the ability to stab with a knife, torment innocent pedestrians on the street, or shoo...   [tags: Article Review]
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Sociological Reasons behind Gang Violence in South Central Los Angeles - Over the past 60 years there has been a recent phenomenon in the development and rise of gangs and gang violence. This is exceptionally apparent in South Central Los Angeles where the Bloods and the Crips have taken control of the social structure and created a new type of counter culture. Poverty in this area is an enormous problem caused by a shear lack of jobs; but just because there is a lack of jobs doesn’t mean that there will be a lack of bills to pay, so sometimes selling drugs in order to keep a roof over your head seems like the most logical option....   [tags: group behavior phenomena]
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Preventing Violent Crime: Stopping Gang Membership - Introduction: Every year in the United States there are over one million violent crimes that occur. Of those one million violent crimes, an average of forty eight percent of them have been associated with gangs or individual gang members. (FBI) The gangs that are producing these high violent crime rates are not concentrated in one area but rather spread throughout the hearts of cities all across the country. In addition these gangs are not stagnant, but rather are growing in numbers every year by enticing young minority men time and time again to join their ranks....   [tags: Urban Youth, Violence, Anti-gang Programs]
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The Problem with Gangs in Canada - ... Gangs influence youth by glorifying gangs in movies and television as "The Sopranos." So gang violence is a big problem with society and youth and the influence of movies on youth and society glorify violence. Youth gangs are becoming a large part of gang violence in Canada. A large majority of gangs in Canada are youth gangs, Ontario the largest number of youth gangs and members of youth gangs, with 216 youth gangs and 3,320 members of youth gangs. Each year there are 22 new youth gangs created in Canada, which shows that more young people are increasingly involved in organized crime....   [tags: gang violence, turf wars] 528 words
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Keeping Our Youthfulness in No Children Here by Alex Kotlowitz - There are No Children Here; by Alex Kotlowitz is a story about two brothers and their mother, Pharaoh, Lafayette and LaJoe Rivers and them growing up in the late 1980's in the (HHH) Henry Horner Homes, a housing project in Chicago. In the story the boys try to retain their youthfulness while they see constant gang violence, death of people close to them and their brother is in jail and their dad is struggling with drug addiction. In Horner, there are two gangs that claim it as their area, and the Rivers family is always hiding from all the shooting....   [tags: gang, violence, addiction, death] 1474 words
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Caribbean is a Strategic Transit Zone - ... - Mismatch in reconciling the legal status of known harmful substances such as tobacco and alcohol has led to speculation that this is a form of colonialism, a relic of St. Lucia’s violent colonial past, and a result of vested market ploys by liquor and tobacco companies stifling potential competition, and conflicting pharmaceutical interests (National Council of Drug Abuse Jamaica, 2001). - No national monitoring frameworks and initiatives exist to foster social empowerment and human rights protection of drug users (Evaluation of Progress in Drug Control Report for St....   [tags: gang violence, imprisonment, drugs] 1354 words
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Gang membership, Drug Selling, and Violence in Neighborhood Context - Smiley is a man who was released back into the society on a parole. He was sent back to live in his neighborhood. Shinichi Suzuki, a famous Japanese violinist who invented Suzuki Method, got the right idea of Smiley’s situation when he said “Man is a child of his environment”. It means that Smiley is a product of his environment. His neighborhood is a no picnic. The neighborhood is a basically a graveyard of American dreams. Like everyone else in America, Smiley values individualism, achievement, money, and family unity highly....   [tags: Smiley, Suzuki Method]
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Gangs in Oklahoma - Gangs have been around for a long time and have caused many problems in society. When people think of gangs they might think Los Angeles or Chicago, but Oklahoma’s gang violence has been at the same level as most major cities are dealing with. Gangs are a major problem in Oklahoma. Gang members continue to increase in the state of Oklahoma. The main age group that joins these gangs are teenagers and pre-teens. Kids without enough attention or not having a father figure in their life tend to join gangs....   [tags: Oklahoma Gang Violence]
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The Negative Impact of Gangs on Oklahoma - The large negative impact on Oklahoma that gangs have caused resulted in a change in our state. In all fifty of the United States, more types and groups of gangs are committing more crimes and illegal activity. Gangs have significantly impacted Oklahoma by increasing violence, homicides, and drug trafficking, and something must be done. The amount of people affiliated with gangs is rapidly increasing. Oklahoma authorities say that gangs are an urban problem. In a report in the year 2010, studies showed that all seventy seven Oklahoma counties had some form of gang activity....   [tags: gang activities and violence]
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Educational Information on Gangs and their Negative Impact in Public Schools Systems - ... Unfortunately this type of life is chosen at a critical time in the individuals life when they are at the point where their peers have a big influence on their personal decisions. In recent years gangs have began to recruit younger members mainly due to the fact that they are easily influenced and usually receive lesser punishments. Upon joining a gang new members are subject to a process of socialization. This opposes many of the norms and morals of the majority of society. Once new members become accepted and trusted then they begin to participate in criminal activities....   [tags: gang members, socialization, violence] 544 words
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Teen Curfew - The intention teenagers are given a curfew of a certain time limit in different states is to limit gang violence and use curfew as a key tool to do so. (Wagner, Matt 2). Curfew is a way to control the teens that have diminutive self control along with little or no parental control. (Hall, Maggie 2). Various amounts of teenagers cannot be confidential to act with such autonomy and accountability. (Love, Dennis 2). Having a curfew indicates who the teenager is and what they do. (Love, Dennis 2). To give other teenagers a sense of where they live or reside and to show how much character they have, teens stay out longer and later to give other teens that sense of doing what they desire....   [tags: Social Issues, Gang Violence] 2455 words
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The Growth of Conflict in Peter Callero's The Myth of Individualism - Conflict is something that exists in the everyday lives of all humans throughout the world. It can be shaped by the thoughts that are shared and also challenged by others. Conflict is like a tree. Once the idea is planted into someone's thoughts, it sprouts and begins to grow. As the idea continues to grow and spreads its branches, others who agree with the idea grow around it and the conflict builds and builds until it is like an overwhelming forest. Once conflict is formed and created, it can grow until it affects the lives of everyone is the surrounding area and can lead to extreme cases....   [tags: warfare, violence, gang members]
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Al Capone: The King of Chicago - ... Al Capone and Mae got married on December 30, 1918, three weeks after their son Albert Francis Capone "Sonny" was born. Sonny was to remain Capone's only child (Trespacz 18). Johnny Torrio, the leader of the Chicago Outfit, recruited Capone to help start his bootlegging business in Chicago, knowing Capone needed to lay low after the attack. This started Capone’s life in Chicago (21) Once in Chicago Capone became close friends with Torrio, and became his right hand man. One day while Torrio was out with his wife he was ambushed, and shot many times, barley living....   [tags: gang, bootlegging, violence]
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The Crips - The Crips, originating in Los Angeles, California, are one of the oldest, largest, and most notorious gangs in the United States. They have been involved in murders, robberies and drug dealing in the Los Angeles area. The Crips are mostly identified by the blue color worn by their members. What was once a single gang is now a loose network of "franchises" around the United States. The gang primarily (but not exclusively) comprises African Americans. The Crips have an intense rivalry with the Bloods and are also known to feud with Chicano gangs....   [tags: Gang Violence Crips Bloods] 1137 words
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Outsiders Reflection on Ponyboy - ... I was captured by the messages that it revealed as I read further and further. In the beginning of the story the novel started out saying , "When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home." This was an important part in the book even though when I had first read it I didn’t know this. Obviously by the end of the book it was revealed that Ponyboy had been writing the book all along. I liked this about the book because it was so surprising....   [tags: violence, brothers, fights, gang, green, eyes] 737 words
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The Allure of Gang Activity - ... The migration of gangs in to the outskirts of the city’s areas brings new challenges for the law enforcement personnel patrolling the suburbs. An article on the growth of gangs in suburban areas describes how “gang members in urban areas often travel to suburban locations to engage in criminal activity and then return to their home locations.” ("The Growth of Gangs in Suburban Areas") Many law enforcement departments are forced to organize gang specific units in order to combat gang activity in their area....   [tags: a life of violence and troubles] 967 words
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Gang Prevention in Schools - INTRODUCTION Gang violence in schools has always been evident, however in past decades it was slightly more controllable, as school authorities were able to immediately identify the persons involved and deal with them before any ideas of further gang involvement could be spread. Whereas in present time gang violence within schools has but become a growing pandemic, infecting not only poorly resourced schools but a few private schools as well. Within this essay the growing phenomenon of gang violence will be discussed, with reference to the group dynamic concepts that exist in the field of Sociology....   [tags: School Violence Essays]
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What Drives Adolescents to Join a Gang? - ... Being part of any gang, gives that youth member a sense of belonging, feeling of pride and honor. They feel they are accounted for and that they are contributing to something bigger than themselves. Belonging in a gang, you receive guidance, shelter and money. The gang becomes the member’s sole source of survival, a surrogate or replacement family that provides positive reinforcement, direction, focus and a sense of purpose, which develops into a strong sense of blind commitment and loyalty....   [tags: belonging, violence, risk]
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Increase in Violence Among Teenagers - In my community I know kids that are committing in teenage violence and I would like for them to stop before they end up in prison and that could mess up their life. Violent crimes are committed by teens every year. More teens are succumbing to violence every year, as the aggressor or the victim. It's important for parents or adults who work with young people to understand contributing factors and how to help. Teen violence takes many forms and ranges in severity. The most infamous and severe form of teen violence are the school shootings seen on the news....   [tags: shootings, gang, abuse] 2253 words
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Gangs and Violence in California - Gangs and Violence in California This paper was done in response to an article that I came across in which a child was convicted as an adult for homicide. The homicide was supposedly gang-related; the young child that was only 14 years of age was painted as an entrenched gang member. This article made me think what contributed to this situation and how it can be eradicated from today’s society so this will never happen to any of our youth. The solutions provided in this document are a response to the growing need for schools, school districts, county offices of education, and state legislatures to address youth gangs. Children are our greatest asset in the world today: They give parents...   [tags: Gang Essays]
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Context, Violence and Leadership in Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian - Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” does a marvelous job of highlighting the violent nature of mankind. The underlying cause of this violent nature can be analyzed from three perspectives, the first being where the occurrence of violence takes place, the second man’s need to be led and the way their leader leads them, and lastly whether violence is truly an innate and inherent characteristic in man. Cormac McCarthy once said, “I think the notion that the species can be improved in some way, that everyone can live in harmony is a really dangerous idea.” (Overview) This quote leaves us with the impression that humanity as a whole is innately violent, and we will explore this idea by examining...   [tags: Gang, Bloodshed, War]
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L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur - L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur Kody Scott grew up in South Central L.A. during the nineteen-sixties and seventies, soon after the creation of the Crips. Raised in poverty without a father, and a full family raised solely by his mother, Kody Scott led the stereotypical “ghetto” life, a poor and broken home. However he does not blame this on his own personal decision to join the Crips while only eleven year’s old. The allure of the respect and “glory” that “bangers” got, along with the unity of the “set”(name for the specific gang) is what drew him into the gang....   [tags: Monster Autobiography L.A. Gang Member Essays] 1494 words
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Subculture of Violence Theory in Today’s Society - Subculture of Violence Theory in Today’s Society Introduction Gang activity and gang violence is a growing concern in the United States today. It is estimated that there are approximately 760,000 gang members and over 24,000 active gangs in various jurisdictions within the United States (World Vision, 2011). It is also estimated that 155 children are arrested for his or her participation in violent crimes every year and that most of this violence is directly related to gangs and gang activity (World Vision, 2011)....   [tags: Violence ]
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Gangs and Youth Violence - Recently, an increasing number of North American youth are committing violent crimes. Although the consequences of these violent crimes are easily apparent, the causes behind them are often abstract and obscure, making it difficult to pin blame on a single source. Moreover, this deviant behavior among young people can be attributed to a combination of several generalized factors. Leading contributing factors of youth violence include the media, the influence of family life, widespread abuse of drugs and alcohol, the ease of access to weapons and a lack of strong punishment that exists for juvenile offenders....   [tags: Gang Essays] 2513 words
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The Crime Boss: North Side Gang Massacre - On a bloody day of February 14, 1929, seven men laid dead upon a blink of an eye in a garage on North Clark Street (Outlaws, Mobsters & Crooks). These men were not any average men, they were gangsters who despised Al Capone, gangsters who desired power over the city, gangsters known as North Side Gang led by the vicious George Moran. So who shot them, who were all behind this notorious massacre. There is only one person to point fingers to and that is Al Capone, the famous all time American gangster, or also known as Scarface....   [tags: george moran, gang, al capone]
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Impact of Teen Violence - Teen Violence is a big dilemma in today’s society. Violent behaviors usually start from family and peers, as well as teens observing it at there neighborhoods or communities. These behaviors are reinforced by what youth see on television, on the Internet, in video games, movies, music videos, and what they hear in their music. When children are disciplined with severe corporal punishment or verbal abuse, or when they are physically or sexually abused, or when they witness such behavior in their home, it is not surprising that they behave violently toward others....   [tags: Teen Violence] 515 words
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Adolescent Gangs and Violence in Schools - Dave Reichert once said “Gang violence in America is not a sudden problem. It has been a part of urban life for years, offering an aggressive definition and identity to those seeking a place to belong in the chaos of large metropolitan areas” (Dave Reichert Quotes). These days, gangs are not only made up of adults on the streets, but teens who are in school as well. Various experts say that “gang membership is particularly widespread among urban youths under the age of 18” (Teen Gangs). As a result, gangs are now seen in many schools, and as a result may lead to increased violence among students....   [tags: School Violence Essays]
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Comprehensive Gang Model: Solving Our Gang Problem - ... This means that local citizens are involved, which incorporates former gang-involved youth, community groups, agencies, and organization of programs and staff meetings in and through agencies (Howell, 2012). This means that everyone is involved, from the police, to the courts, the citizens on the streets. You cannot expect a program to work and be incorporated in a community if not everyone believes that the goal of prevention can be accomplished. Especially in getting police and courts involved in the cause shows that they truly do care and that they want to make the community a safe environment, so everyone else should jump on board....   [tags: mobilization, provision, intervention, suppression] 699 words
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Children, Media, and Violence - "The evidence is overwhelming. To argue against it, the link between media violence and teen violence is like arguing against gravity," said Jeffrey McIntyre, legislative and federal affairs officer for the American Psychological Association. As children are exposed to acts of violence in the media through television, video games, music, movies, etc. alarming results are occurring. The main negative effect being an increase in aggression among youth who are regularly exposed to the media and an increase in violent patterns as they mature into adulthood....   [tags: Media Violence and Aggression]
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Gang Injunctions Arrive in the UK - Gang injunctions arrive in the UK In November 2009, new provisions for tackling gangs under the Policing and Crime Act were passed: the gang injunction. Inevitably, these have already been dubbed the ‘gangbo’ – an ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order) for gang members. Originally restricted to those 18 and over, only a week after the act was approved, the Crime and Security Bill proposed its extension to cover those 14-17. Gang injunctions have been used in the US for over two decades. The UK version is slightly different....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]
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America’s Culture of Violence - Mark Twain Once said, “America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.” Who could disagree with him. Show me another country where someone would walk into an elementary school with the intent to kill as many children as possible. In comparison to other first world countries, America proves to be the leading nation in terms of violence. We have people who murder innocent victims without cause or regret. Criminals always seem to be sad that they were caught....   [tags: america's culture of violence, decadence]
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Political Violence in South Africa - Repression by the South African government during the apartheid era, has hurt the ability for civil society groups to form. Instead of channeling grievances through civil society organizations that act as a “safety valve” for discontent in a more peaceful way, most South Africans who want to get their voices heard end up using violence as a tool in order to bring political gain.1 The use of violence as a component of South Africa's political culture was originated during the 1980s anti-apartheid struggle, where the ANC and other underground anti-apartheid groups would use violent and militaristic actions, language, and ideas to get their voices heard as part of social mobilization....   [tags: south africa, political violence, anc]
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The Gang Issue of America - Gangs are very dangerous to everyone in society. “Gangs are groups of people (mostly young males) who band together for protection and a sense of belonging. The U.S. Department of Justice officially defines a youth gang as a group of young people involved in criminal activity” (Gangs 1). About one million gang members are in more than 20,000 criminally active gangs in the United States. Also, that group of about one million people is accountable for up to eighty percent of our nation’s crimes. Since 2005, gangs have nationally added about 200,000 members to the already high total (Targeting Gangs 1)....   [tags: Legal Issues, Crimes] 2268 words
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Gang Rehabilitation: Effective or Not? - ... I find this law to be ineffective. While it does help remove gang members from the streets, these members are known as “soldiers,” which is the bottom of the food chain when it comes to gangs. These “soldiers” work and report to a higher authority; this higher authority can easily recruit new members to work for them. Life on the streets for a gang member consists of sticking with their gang, representing it, promoting it, and fighting the rival gangs. They gain their income by distributing and selling illegal items that cannot be easily found....   [tags: criminals, innocent victims] 866 words
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The Effects of Media Violence on Teenagers - Media Violence has been discussed and debated for many years. Authors, such as Jonathan L. Freedman reveal issues that reveal how corporate storytellers are less concerned with imparting positive cultural values than they are with making great sums of money. These multimillion-dollar corporations know violence is a major profit boost and use it indiscriminately to increase their income. Unfortunately, among the consumers of this unwarranted violence are young children and teenagers who observe and absorb its content....   [tags: Violence ]
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The Effects of Media Violence on Children - Pretend you are a parent. You are at home and you see your child acting in a hostile and aggressive manner. You ask him where he picked up on this behavior. He replies, “I saw it on Television.” Television violence had a role in the child's behavior. Media violence can have a lasting impression on children, teenagers and adults not only through television, but also through video games. In the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in violent behavior in the United States (Merino 1)....   [tags: Violence ]
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Violence Against Women - Aboriginal women and girls are strong and beautiful. Unfortunately, they often face life-threatening, gender-based violence and disproportionately experience violent crimes because of hatred and racism (Fact Sheet: Violence Against Aboriginal Women , 2013). According to Statistics Canada, Aboriginal woman are three to five times more likely to experience violence than non-Aboriginal women (Fact Sheet: Violence Against Aboriginal Women , 2013). Fortunately, this frightening trend has been noticed and interventions such as the Sisters In Spirit social movement and Kanawayhitowin Campaign have been created to assist in diminishing these violent events....   [tags: Aboriginal Women, Violence, Racism, Hatred]
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Violence Can Be Controlled - Cruelty in prison will be reduced with some minor changes. However, violence has been an ongoing problem in the penitentiary in both men and women’s prison. Roughly around 990,000 men are incarcerated in this country (Stojkovic 549). In addition to, 65,000 women offenders are incarcerated today (Stojkovic 549). Fights that happen in prison have gotten to an extreme high in society. Correction officers reported at least 3,000 assaults on inmates and officers each year at Rikers Island in New York City (Welch 178)....   [tags: Violence ]
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Gang Abatement and Prevention Act of 2009 - According to the National Gang Center, the change is gangs from 2002-2007: +12% in larger cities, +33% in suburban counties, +27% smaller cities and +24% in rural counties (National Youth Gang Center, 2009). The gang problem in the United States of America has been getting worse since the first gang was formed by Irish immigrants in the early 1800s. For low income and areas with high population, gang involvement with youths has also been getting worse. Regarding gang-related homicides, it is for difficult data collection industries to gather correct information because after a murder is committed it must be determined whether the murder is gang-related or not....   [tags: Social Issues]
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The Effects of Television Violence on Children - It has been calculated that American kids see about 200,000 acts of violence and 25,000 murders on television by the time they reach age eighteen." (Schleifer 18) Arrests of people under the age of eighteen for violent crimes rose forty-seven percent from 1988 to 1992. (Miller 174) The American Medical Association conducted a study that found a direct relationship between viewing and homicide. (Miller 176) Does this kind of overexposure to violence have a significant effect on children and teenagers....   [tags: Television Violence ] 1110 words
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Video Games Do Not Contribute to Youth Violence - Video games are not the cause of youth violence. There are many factors that have to be lined up to cause a child to be violent. For instance Many kids that become violent have had a rough life. They may have been poor, bullied, have alcoholic parents, neglected, or don't have parents at all (kids health). Over the years games have helped kids adapt to things in the world to better help their futures (washington post). Studies prove that video games can help children learn new mechanics (washington post)....   [tags: Video Game Industry, Violence]
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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member - It was on the day of June 15th, 1975 that the world of eleven year old boy named Kody Scott would change completely. A month prior to this day, Kody was suspended from school for flashing a gang sign during the school’s panorama picture; from here it was evident where Kody was heading in life. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Kody was always surrounded by gangs and constantly witnessed the warfare created by rival gangs. Upon his return home from his sixth grade graduation Kody dashed out of the window in his room and ran to meet up with Tray Ball, a gang member of the Eight Tray Gangster Crips who had agreed to sponsor Kody into the gang....   [tags: gangster crips, kody scott, eight tray]
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Gang Reduction Program - In 2003 as a response to communities with a large amount and growing number of youth gangs the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), a branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, initiated the Gang Reduction Program (GRP) (U.S. Department of Justice 2008). The formation of gangs is seen as a response to system failures and community dysfunction. As a result, one of OJJPD’s anti-gang initiatives is to make communities safer and have a pro-social environment (U.S. Department of Justice 2008)....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Why Juvenile Choose a Gang Lifestyle? - Gangs have been in existence since the beginning of the Roman Empire. There were speeches made by Roman orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero, which references groups of men who constantly fought and disrupted Roman politics (Curry, 2013). The history of street gangs in the United States begins with their emergence on the East Coast around 1783, as the American Revolution ended. Though many believe the best available evidence suggests that the more serious street gangs likely did not emerge until the early part of the nineteenth century (Sante, 1991)....   [tags: sociological analysis]
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Gang Members: A Truly Destructive Lifestyle - A gang is an organized group of criminals who form together for a common goal or identity. Gangs can be formed based upon race, ethnicity, territory, or money making activities, and are generally made up of members varying anywhere between the age of 12 to 24. There are a variety of reasons behind the formation of gangs, whether it be for protection, profit, or because a group of people share a common trait. A gang rivalry is formed when two or more gangs grow to despise each other for their differences....   [tags: the socs, criminals, territory, money]
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Monster: The Autobigraphy of an LA Gang Member - Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, is an autobiography detailing the criminal and personal life of Kody Scott. The book tells the story of how and why Kody Scott got involved in gang life, what happened during his time as a gang member, and how his life changed after his incarceration. It gives great insight into the inner workings of gangs in America, and shows how tough life is for the people who choose to be a part of it. Shakur greatly details his early years, his time as one of the leaders on the streets, and his transformation in prison....   [tags: Autobiography, Crime, Personal Life, Kody Scott]
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Analyzing the Causes of Youth Gang Initiation - In the context of deviant behaviour and its control, or lack thereof, exist numerous theories and data that try to interpret the reason youth enrol in gangs. That being said, sources based on practical data are ideal to justify the cause of this deviant lifestyle. This paper will primarily address the practical data in conjunction with Merton's strain theory to elaborate on youth motivation for joining gangs. The findings pose a connection among living in a deviant environment and lifestyle prior to membership, a sense of belonging, and economic strain as the fundamental reasons to explain why youth join gangs....   [tags: deviant behavior, belonging, economic]
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Violence in Schools - Violence and crime in our schools are problems, that many of our schools are facing today. Across the United States, violence in schools continues to grow. According to federal activities addressing violence in Schools, "There are more possibilities of violent acts and crimes taking place in public schools, than in private schools." Crime and violence in our school can disrup the learning process and have a negative effect on students, the school staff and the community as a whole. School violence and crime are problems that comes from homes, media, neighborhoods, and even from some roles models.Crime in schools and colleges is therefore one of the most troublesome social problems in our...   [tags: School Violence Essays] 1652 words
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The Effects of Media Violence on Children -   Abstract             In recent times, the news media has cried out against violent media, painting it as the leading cause for youth violence. Following events such as the Columbine massacre, news sources have vilified violent media, claiming that it is a primary cause of violent behavior in youths. This analysis provides firm research on the subject from the opposing and supporting sources, giving a thorough definition to the term “violent media” and  brings forth evidence that other psychological effects and environmental factors are more significant causes of increased youth aggression than violent media....   [tags: Media Violence 2014]
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School Violence and Safety Promotion - Increase in school violence Over the past several years, incidents of school violence have intensified. Disasters like the shootings at Columbine High School are not unheard of, and precautions for school safety are on the minds of numerous communities. Johnson and Johnson claim that “Teaching is different from what it used to be. Fifty years ago, the main disciplinary problems were running in the halls, talking out of turn, and chewing gum. Today’s transgressions include physical and verbal violence, incivility, and in some schools, drug abuse, robbery, assault, and murder” (1995)....   [tags: School Violence Shootings Safety Essays]
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Causes of Youth Gang Membership - Causes of Youth Gang Membership Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in today's cities. They are a direct result of human beings personal wants and peer pressure. Kids are the main targets because they feel that being in a gang is both an acceptable and prestigious way to live, because of the bad miscommunication of society. By looking at the way humans are influenced in society, there is good evidence to point the blame at several institutions. These institutions include the forces of the media, the government, theatre, drugs and our economic system....   [tags: Papers] 409 words
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Mara Salvatrucha: A Deadly Organized Crime Gang - Street gangs have been a part of the American culture for centuries. As a young child growing up in the 80’s on the North Side of Fort Worth, Texas I saw my fair share of gang activity and the violence associated with it. Little was I aware of a notorious and deadly gang that was transforming known as Mara Salvatrucha, also referred to as MS-13. What began as a street gang, MS-13 now has activity in much of the United States and according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is, “one of the most violent and rapidly growing transnational street gangs.” The people of America need to realize the great danger MS-13 possess....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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Gang Affiliation and Social Factors Underlying their Deviant Behavior - ... Conformity as Merton explains it is when individuals accept the goals and the legitimate ways of achieving them. This is typical of most individuals in society. By conforming, which the majority of the population tends to do, one accepts both societal values and the conventional means of realizing them, whether or not they meet with success. According to Merton's strain theory when there is no way to achieve the goal, people will respond through one of four alternative ways. Through innovation, or finding of an illegal way to achieve the goal....   [tags: sociological analysis] 1466 words
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The Crips Street Gang - The Crips Street Gang How has the Crips Street Gang evolved since the 1960’s. Gone are the days when battles were over community control, when loyalty meant self- determination, not self destruction. In the 1980’s crack cocaine became a major source of income for many African – American gang members in Los Angeles. Gangs were faced with intra-conflict old codes of conducts versus laissez-faire attitudes of the younger gang members. Gang violence increased as many capitalized on this new market the distribution of crack cocaine....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 564 words
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Decreasing Violence in America - Decreasing Violence in America Today in St. Paul two people were murdered. It has been reported that the two were fighting with a third party about a phone call that was made. The suspect is in custody and the case is under investigation,” a reporter in the ten o’clock news reports. “Spouse and child abuse are on the rise. This year alone over ‘6 million men, women, and children were victims of severe physical attacks from their spouses or parents’(article 16)*,” another reporter reports. Is it just me or does this seem like something that is all too often heard on the news....   [tags: Violence Media Crime Television Music Essays] 6591 words
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School Violence - There are many factors for the occurrence of school violence. The two most common factors are substance abuse, association with gangs, and guns. School laws try to prevent these factors from endangering the youths in the schools. Many school officials and citizens are convinced that the growing problems of student disruption and general lack of respect for authorities are attributable directly to an over emphasis on students’ rights. The increase in violence, drugs, and weapons in schools has directed our attention to the need to talk all reasonable steps to ensure a safe learning environment for students and teachers....   [tags: School Violence Essays] 721 words
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