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Gangs in America - This paper will cover issues that young minorities encounter in the movies; Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008), Gran Torino (2008), A Better Life (2011). Movies will be summarize, and compare and contrast youths experienced. Criminological theories shall be utilized to further elaborate issues. Finally steps and theories will be utilized towards solving issues, also possible methods to correct the issues will be addressed in the end. Movie Summaries Crips and Bloods: Made in America took place in south of Los Angeles focusing on gang violence among two fearsome African American gangs, Crips and Bloods....   [tags: Essays on Gangs]
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Gangs in Prison - Introduction Prison gangs are originally formed by inmates as a way of protecting themselves from the other inmates. These gangs have turned out to be violent and thus posing a threat to security. This paper will have a look at the different gangs in prisons, their history, beliefs and missions, and the differences and similarities in these gangs. The Aryan Brotherhood The Aryan Brotherhood started in 1964 was founded by Tyler Bingham and Barry Mills who were white supremacists and Irish American bikers....   [tags: Gangs Essays]
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Street Gangs in the United States - Street gangs in this country can probably be traced back to the first wave of Europeans who migrated to the colonies for a better life for themselves and their families. Many of the first gangs were formed as a means of self protection, with the thinking that there is simply strength in numbers. The missions of gangs in today’s society have grown and emerged to include many violent criminal avenues, including drug trafficking, prostitution, money laundering, and extortion but the original thinking that there is strength in numbers remains true....   [tags: gangs, USA,] 1393 words
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The King of Gangs - Imagine war on the streets of Los Angeles, people shooting in open schoolyards, and on storefronts. The fighting resulting in deaths all over the suburbs. Riots breaking out and people smashing windows. This violence is a part of Los Angeles’ history from the 1980’s during the Blood and Crip shootings. The members of both were disenfranchised African-Americans, which had been the targets of discrimination and segregation for centuries. However painful the shootings were, they pale in comparison to the warfare dominance the gang Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13, continues to have internationally today....   [tags: VIolence, Gangs, Latinos, Los Angeles] 1759 words
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Youth Gangs, Drugs, & Violence - Gang involvement and its associated violent crime have become a rapidly growing problem for the United States. Generally, gangs consist of young people of the same ethnic, racial, and economic background. Usually of a low socio-economic status, these gangs engage in illegal money making activities and intimidate their neighborhoods and rival gangs with violent crimes and victimization. Gang members exemplify a high value for group loyalty and sacrifice. Gangs often target youth when recruiting new members, with the average age of initiation being 13 years old (Omizo, Omizo, and Honda)....   [tags: Youth Gangs and Violent Crime ]
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Youth Participation In Gangs - Youth participation in gangs actually decreased from 1996 to 2004, but the violence within these gangs has not. Homicides committed by youth gang members still remain as a monumental problem across the United States of America. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reported in its 2004 survey of youth gangs that there were an estimated 760,000 gang members that year. Many of the kids affiliated with gangs come from lower income, single parent homes; therefore, the youths of America often turn to gangs to fill the void of not being part of a “family”....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]
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Why Young People Join Gangs - With many sources that attempt to explain why youth join gangs, studies based on empirical research are optimal to reveal the critical factors. This paper will focus on combining these sources that are based on empirical methodologies with Robert Merton's strain theory to explain why youth join gangs from an analytical perspective. The empirical studies reveal a trend that youth join gangs because of a troublesome economy and coming from a low-socioeconomic status, creating a strong connection with Merton's strain theory....   [tags: Why Youth Join Gangs]
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Description and Analysis of the Different Types of Gangs in the US - Historically, gangs began to develop around the time frame of the 1970’s. Irish gangs have been known to be the first initial gang, followed by the Germans, Jewish, and Italians (Pacheco, 2010, p. 10). Gangs are larger in population and tend to be more prevalent in the United States, compared to other countries. In 2008, statistics showed that there were 20,000 active gangs and more than 1 million gang members in the United States (Pacheco, 2010, p. 12). According to Pacheco (2010) there are different types of gangs....   [tags: street gangs, latino gang, asian gangs]
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Canadian Gangs - Statistics Canada has done research on identifying the facts that are contributed to the definition of a youth gang member. Partnered with the Montreal Police Service, Statistics Canada was able to generate the definition of a gang member: "An organized group of adolescents and/or young adults who rely on group intimidation and violence, and commit criminal acts in order to gain power and recognition and/or control certain areas of unlawful activity [2] (Statistics Canada, 2008). Gangs have been around for many years; the founders of some of the original gangs in the United States will be discussed....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]
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Youth Gangs - When beginning a discussion or exploration of youth gangs, the longevity of the social problem becomes a reasonable starting point. Youth joining together and roaming the streets of London together in packs were described as early as 1830 in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist (Burnett, 1999). Before considering the current state of affairs with youth gangs, it first becomes important to focus attention on developing a concise understanding of what is meant by the term “youth gang.” Additionally, what are trends relating to the spread and progression of youth gangs in America....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 648 words
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Youth Gangs and Violence In Schools - The theme, which I have decided to research and base my portfolio on, is Youth Gangs and Violence In Schools. The term “Youth” is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as the period between childhood and adulthood and is also commonly used as a noun to describe young people. The same dictionary defines a “Gang” as an organised group of criminals or disorderly young people. Youth gangs are groups of young people who assemble and often engage in criminal and illegal activities such as graffiti, vandalism, theft, robbery and violent activities including, gang fights and brawls....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 1301 words
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Street Gangs: Removing them from the community - Street Gangs are becoming popular in many cities across the country. According to the Department of Justice's 2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, there are at least 21,500 gangs and more than 731,000 active gang members (Grabianowski). Gangs bring fear and violence to neighborhoods, drugs, destroy property, involve youth in crimes and drive out businesses. When you have gangs in a community, it affects everyone in the community. An alarming amount of young adults are joining gangs and becoming involved in illegal activity....   [tags: Street Gangs, Big Cities, New York, California]
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Fundamentals of Gangs - Fundamentals of Gangs Street gangs are an organization of young people that are usually in their teens and twenties. They join together and claim a territory or neighborhood as their own. They are known for being violent and heavily involved in drug peddling. On the streets graffiti is the means of communication of territorial limits and to challenge other gangs. A challenge can be anything from making a mark on enemy territory or crossing out enemy tag. There are generally 4 types of individuals associated with street gangs....   [tags: Gangs Gang Drugs Crime Essays] 1131 words
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An Analysis of Asian Gangs - An Analysis of Asian Gangs Let's say you're by yourself on the subway in New York City. You get on and it's not that crowded, there's a bunch of open seats. As you look around, you notice that the car is filled with mainly high school aged kids, mostly boys. On one side there is a spot next to a bunch of African Americans, on the other side it's a posse of Asians. Okay, so where are you going to sit. Next to the Asian's I bet. What if it was Latino's instead of Blacks, chances are you would still say you'd go towards the Asian's and shy away from the more typical gang looking kids....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 1705 words
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Youth Gangs Across the Globe - Most gangs are created to form a sense of power and control. All types of problems are presented to the youths of today growing up in major cities. Before being so eager to jump to conclusions, we must try to understand these problems, or we will never find a solution to them. Gang members are out there trying to find a family that some never had. It may not seem like much to you - an abandoned house or a park - but it becomes a place to call their own. It’s easy to say “why don’t they ever leave the gang”, but many of those teenagers won’t leave until years to come, if ever....   [tags: Gangs Crime Violence Essays] 4811 words
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A Comparison of Conflict and Labeling Theory in the Context of Youth Gangs - Many have attempted to explain gang involvement in today's society. However, there is an underlying activity of youth joining gangs that does not seem to have enough media coverage or thorough explanations. As the name suggests, youth gang membership is about the juvenile population creating and joining gangs. Research indicates that youth gang membership exists in contemporary north America (Bernburg et al. 2006; aLilly et al. 2011; Maclure and Sotelo 2004; Sims 1997; Wiley et al. 2013; Yoder et al....   [tags: conflict theory, labeling theory, youth gangs]
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Gangs, Belonging, and Acceptance - Gangs, Belonging, and Acceptance A 12-year-old boy comes home from school. He enters his home through the front door and notices his mother sobbing. There is blood on the tissue she's holding. The boy starts to ask his mother why she is crying when he realizes what has happened. She answers his silent inquiry about why, by quietly saying, "your dad . . . he's on the back porch . . . he's had a bad day." Feeling helpless he goes to his room. From his window he can see his dad taking in the last swallow of beer and yelling, loud enough for the neighbors to hear, "Hey, bring me another beer....   [tags: Gangs Family Lifestyle Essays]
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How Outlaw Gangs Started - How Outlaw Gangs Started In 1987, a Billy the Kid museum began in Hico, Texas. This museum was founded on the belief that a man named Brushy Bill Roberts was the real Billy the Kid, and had escaped the bullets of Pat Garrett. Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang founders firmly believed this to be untrue. Maryln Bowlin of Taiban, New Mexico founded the Billy the Kid Outlaw Gang shortly thereafter for the purpose of protecting the true, and well researched, history of William Bonney, aka Billy the Kid. Maryln founded "The Gang" in 1987 in Taiban, New Mexico....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 592 words
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Reasons Youth Join Gangs - Deviance in Gang Involvement Reasons Youth Join Gangs The problem of gang activity is not a new one facing our country. Ever since the beginnings of human existence gangs have served as a means of protection for humans. The issue of gang activity has recently, however, come to the forefront of dilemmas facing our nation. While cities like Chicago and Los Angeles are chronic gang sites, other cities such as “Miami, Portland, Columbus, Dallas, and Milwaukee have only recently (within the last decade) had what they termed as a gang problem” (Conly 7)....   [tags: Why Young People Join Gangs]
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Latino Gangs in Movies - Latino Gangs in Movies American filmmakers of the late twentieth century portrayed Latinos as merciless pursuers of the "American Dream". The Latino immigrants were characterized as "Urban Bandidos", seeking the path to ultimate wealth and power in a society dominated by Anglo authority. West Side Story, Fort Apache, and Scarface each portrayed the Latino character differently, but commonly depicted the "Urban Bandido" as a man in search of money and power in America. Not only do these immigrants fight for the warped American dream, but they often fight without fear, willing to risk almost anything to reach the top....   [tags: Movies Films Gangs Violence Essays] 739 words
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Why Female Youths Join Gangs - Why Female Youths Join Gangs Female youths join street gangs on the basis of gender conflict, lack of family support and violence in their lives. Through adolescence young females have a much harder time than young males dealing with family, sexuality and the harsh reality of living in the urban ghetto. Young females who must endure these facets of life have little opportunity to succeed. Consequently, these young women turn to a replacement family, a place where they feel they are needed and loved and can escape reality, even if momentarily....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]
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Youth Gangs - Youth gangs in North American society are nothing new. When we turn on the news we often hear stories of misguided youth contributing to yet another gang related crime. Even though it is known that youth crimes are overrepresented in the media today, the subject of youth gang activity is quite a predicament to our society. Over the last few years, there has been a moral panic created by constant exposure to the media which portrays a great amount of youth crimes and violence. In Canada there are large urban cities with high proportions of young people, many of which live in poverty, that now have the issue of dealing with youth gangs and youth crimes....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 3412 words
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Youth Gangs - Within the past two decades, a growing concern has been focused on what can be considered a social epidemic among the youth of our nation. This social distress stems directly from the rising number of youth gangs throughout the country. Gang mentality and social deviance of this form has been noticed and documented in this country for decades. “ Prior to the 1970’s, gang violence was still popularly associated with white ethnic enclaves in the cities of the Midwest and East, and gang incidents were typically brawls involving fists, sticks and knives....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]
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Youth Gangs - Youth gang related crime crime has been growing for years, but little data exists about the extent and precise nature of crimes committed by gang members. Gangs have been said to have committed many crimes such as drug smuggling, murder, and theft. Although many gang members have been known to do some of these things, there is no real evidence that they are gang related. Researchers found that the median age at which youths begin to hang out with gangs is approximately 13 years old (Roland 26)....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 828 words
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African-American Street Gangs in Los Angeles - African-American Street Gangs in Los Angeles In Los Angeles and other urban areas in the United States, the formation of street gangs increased at a steady pace through 1996. The Bloods and the Crips, the most well-known gangs of Los Angeles, are predominately African American[1] and they have steadily increased in number since their beginnings in 1969. In addition, there are over 600 active Hispanic gangs in Los Angeles County with a growing Asian gang population numbering approximately 20,000 members....   [tags: Gangs Crime Essays] 6209 words
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Reasons Why Kids join Neo-Nazi Gangs - Reasons Why Kids join Neo-Nazi Gangs In most cases the reason why kids join any gang is the result of trouble at home. If you interview a child from a skinhead gang they came from a family with one or more of the following factors: divorce, separation, physical and or sexual abuse and disfunctional parents. These conditions are further compounded by joblessness, poverty, lack of education, bandage barriers, academic deficiencies and distinctive element from pop culture, such as violent themes in music, television and films....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 494 words
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Gangs - Gangs Works Cited Missing Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in today's cities. What has made these groups come about. Why do some kids feel that being in a gang is an acceptable and prestigious way to live. There are many different theories to these questions. On the surface, gangs may appear to be shallow and materialistic; a result of human beings' personal wants, but there are speculations that are more profound. In reference to the way humans are influenced in society, there is valid evidence to distribute blame at negative forces of economic disadvantages, capitalism, and the media....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays] 1775 words
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Gangs in 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). There are about one million gang members in more than 20,00 criminally active gangs in the United States. Also, that group of about one million people, are accountable for up to eighty percent of our nation’s crimes....   [tags: Social Issues] 2035 words
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Guns and Gangs - One person is killed by a gun every 17 minutes, 87 people are killed during an average day, and 609 are killed every week. Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die, 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is a police officer being shot in the situation of closing in on the gun holder . This is a average that is really ridiculous, if they inflicted these laws that they say are established then rates should be decreasing quickly. Most guns are generally classified into three types: handguns, rifles, and shotguns....   [tags: Permits, Weapons] 660 words
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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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Gangs and Injunctions - Gangs and Injunctions Criminal activities and gangs have mostly always been an on going problem in the United States. Gangs and gang members are frequently involved with a variety of different crimes. The 2008 National Youth Gang Survey reported that there are approximately 774,000 active gang members in the United States (Egley, Howell, & Moore, 2010). The 2008 National Youth Gang Survey also states that there are about 27,900 active gangs in the United States (Egley et al., 2010). The active gangs in California have caused a major impact on the state in many ways....   [tags: Gang Involvement, Crime, Laws]
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1960’s Gangs vs. Gangs Nowadays - Gangs are a group of boys and believe it or not girls too, that frequently get together to make all types of vandalism and actions that are not admitted by the law. Gangs have been part of the world for a very long time; they have also evolved through time. For example gangs in the 1960’s are not the same as the gangs we see today in our days. Many gangs were made before and after the 1960’s but the major gangs in this time were: The Crips, The Latin Kings, KKK, The Bloods which were enemies of The Crips, and the 18th Street Gang....   [tags: crips, kings, bloods, street, gang, army] 1087 words
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The Nature of Gangs in Brazil and Colombia - No country is devoid of violence, but it is especially prevalent in Latin America. The Organization of American States labeled violence in Latin America as an “epidemic, a plague that kills more people than AIDS or any other known epidemic” (Carroll). Brazil and Colombia are two countries that have been shaped by gang violence; both are gripped by some of the largest, most violent, and institutionalized gangs in the world. In Donna Goldstein’s ethnography of life in a Brazilian shantytown, Laughter Out of Place, the power and prevalence of gang violence is apparent....   [tags: Crime]
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Gangs and Violence in the United States - ... Young teens are a popular commodity within the streets where gangs are dominant. Often times these gangs recruit young teens to establish a numbers game to try to out numbers rival gangs in case of a mass gang war. Other reasons the youth are targeted is to do the gangs dirty work whether it requires a young member to execute a hit, rob a rival member, or steal from an innocent person to provide for the gang. Teens that join gangs are easy to manipulate because they feel like they have a burden of pleasing the more established members so they will do anything possible to gain a reputation....   [tags: youth, provide, protect, crimes, turf] 812 words
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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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Gangs and Violence in The Prison System - Gangs and Violence in the Prison System Introduction Gang violence is nationwide and is one of the most prominent problems in the prison system today. Gangs are known to attempt to control the prisons/jails, instill fear within the prison system and throughout the society, and bring negative attention to the system. “Gang affiliated inmates comprise about 18 percent of the 18000 inmate population.”(Seabrook) A growing numbers of inmates and a large amount of them serving longer sentences for violent crimes suggest a notable increase in gangs and violence in the prison system in the upcoming future....   [tags: Criminal Justice]
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What Are Gangs and Who Are Their Memebers - ... Personal and street honor is given to those who carry an aggressive, hyper masculine personality (Howell, 2012). The early definitions provided groundwork to build upon in the effort of reaching an agreement, and the commonalities of features discovered among gangs provided more insight on what the definition of a gang should include. However, although three criteria have been identified there is still some disagreement on whether these criteria should be included and why others are not. The first is the element of criminal activity....   [tags: organizational analysis]
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The Endless Battle with Prison Gangs - The Endless Battle with Prison Gangs As the years pass, the rate of gang affiliated crimes in the Unites States has progressed extensively, accumulating more inmates into our major prisons doubling the maximum occupancy that the jails can hold. In the U.S there are currently 33,000 active violent street, motorcycle, and prison gangs with a recorded 1.4 million members combined. The registered number of police officers is a mere 683,396; which is not even half of our countries gang population. Incredibly enough, even with their small numbers these officers do the impossible to control, learn, and manipulate the ways of the inmates; taking all of the precautions necessary to stop and protect...   [tags: criminality, sociology, behavioral science]
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History and Types of Gangs - Gangs originated in the 1800s as secret societies. The word gang came from gonge that meant journey and then changed in the 15th century were gonge referred to a sailor (Gang research). "During Shakespeare’s time gang referred to as outlaw or wild young man” (Gang research). There are four types of gangs. There are secret societies, which controlled the oversea Chinese communities. Then there were gang outlaws in the Midwest, which came about during the gold rush in the 19th century. Ninety thousand men moved to America to look for jobs/money....   [tags: fight, turf, honor]
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Impact of Gangs in American Society - Impact of Gangs in American Society An estimate of thirty-three thousand violent street gangs and prison gangs operate criminally in the United States today. Throughout the years, these crews have been increasing in violence and caused many deaths. Gangs have influenced the streets with violence, drugs, and much more crime, such as in robbery, fraud, extortion, and trafficking. Each year gang affiliation increases in American society. If gang participation decreases, then the amount of gang-related violence and deaths would reduce within a matter of time....   [tags: violence, crime, consequences] 631 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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Theories on Gangs and Gang Violence - Theories on Gangs and Gang Violence The emergence of gangs in the United States was first fueled by immigration and poverty stricken families who settled in urban areas. With few having the money-making skills to accomplish the goals set by society such as money or a better way of life or able to adjust to their new urban life, these lower class citizens began to band together forming what many viewed as "gangs" in certain areas. Although there was no definite meaning of the term "gang" back then, one recent definition that has been agreed upon by more than 100 American and European researches attempted to define it; "A street gang is any durable, street-oriented youth group whose involveme...   [tags: Groups, Streets, Illegal] 662 words
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The Phenomena of Female Gangs - Introduction phenomena of female gangs / Definition of female gangs In the past, there were only a few studies about female gangs as the number of female gangs was not significant.However, a survey researching on the membership structure and the distribution of the local gangs states that there were only 6% of the gangsters were female in 2001 but according to two Youth Outreaching Teams of federation four years later, the number of female gang members has been doubled to around 15%. This growth worths paying attendtions to because this lead to a social problem involves of interaction between both external factors which includes family, school and the society and internal factors which con...   [tags: sociological analysis of group behavior]
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Gangs in the United States - The nature of violence within America is a part of the history that unfortunately in present day has given our country a negative image. In our society gangs have developed due to social injustices not only through unfairness of economics but also justice as a whole. Majority of the youth living in societies affected by socio-economic troubles are disconnected from traditional forms of social and interpersonal support systems, like family and school, and are at greater risk for joining a gang. It’s not unusual for a teen interested in joining a gang to have a relative who's currently involved with a gang or has been in the past....   [tags: killing, negative image, social injustices]
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Controling Drug Dealers and Gangs - The operational task is to increase the total number of narcotics arrests. The narcotics bureau is expanded and driven to higher levels of productivity. Special task forces are created to deal with brazen street dealing. The patrol force is equipped and encouraged to make more drug arrests. There is much to commend this strategy. First, it is a straight- forward approach that citizens, politicians, and police officers understand. It relies on common sense for its justification. It avoids the trap of being too cute, subtle, or sophisticated....   [tags: narcotics bureau, crime] 659 words
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Street Gangs of Los Angeles - Once we finished watching the documentary street gangs of Los Angeles two theories were most prevalent in my mind for why there was gang formation in that area. The first being Travis herschi’s “social bonds”. Second being Walter miller’s “focal concerns”. Social bond theory is not a crime causation theory but a pro social behavior theory that helps explain deviance. This theory identified four social bonds that promote adherence to society’s laws and values. The four bonds being: attachment, commitment, involvement, and belief....   [tags: Film Critique] 1055 words
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Gangs: A Brotherhood of Violence - What is brotherhood. How does it apply to those involved. Why does it exist. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines brotherhood as “an association for a particular purpose.” To gang members, young and old, brotherhood is an escape from society’s constant pressure to fit in, to succeed, to conform to social norms. It is within a brotherhood that gang members find peace and comfort. Brotherhood is a way of life; it is the very essence that allows a gang to thrive in the metropolis of violence. One gang oath states: "I will stand by my brother, my brother will come before all others, my life is forfeited should I fail my brother, I will honor my brother in peace and war." Within the confines of...   [tags: Social Issues] 513 words
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Female Gangs are Missunderstood - Society has marginalized women into gender related roles that made it almost impossible for them to succeed. Women in society have been taught to become puppets to a male master. Women in society were supposed to follow the orders of their male counterparts. Some of the women who felt that they have been marginalized by society tend to create or join subcultural groups known as gangs. The question remains: are female gang members used as disposable accessories in gangs or are they forming their own gang to liberate themselves from gender related roles set by society?  Girls in male gangs have been viewed as disposable accessories, but they have changed the nature of a gang by creating all fe...   [tags: going against traditional gender roles] 1885 words
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Gangs Around the World - ... Over every year,770,000 violent interracial crime committed among 85% blacks and 15% whites, with 45% victims are white, 43% blacks, and 10% hispanics. Organizations including: National Gang Center, Council for Unity, Gripe, G.R.E.A.T, and Gang Prevention are supporting the cause of gang prevention. These non profit organizations are promoting education, mentorship, programs, and resources against gang suppressions for the youth as they are more often to be recruited, with the partnership of parents, communities, and the law enforcement.These programs are to be instructed by law enforcement to inform ways to understand youth delinquency, violence, and racial interaction within one anothe...   [tags: american revolution, violence, defense]
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Hispanic Adolescent Youth Gangs - Gangs have been a point of concern for states and societies around the world for centuries. Youth gangs are not exempt from that same categorization and have operated for the same amount of time worldwide. Over the last century however, a proliferation of youth gangs has been witnessed, especially among Hispanic youths immigrating into the United States. Researchers and scholars have offered multiple theories as to why youths, and Hispanics youths in particular integrate themselves into gang organizations....   [tags: rational economic theory]
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Young Adults and Gangs - Time has changed so do the social issues. Problems arising among the youth are at the alarming state. Main problem like gangsterism is affecting the country’s development. It is an ever growing problem in the world especially among teenagers. For example, a young rabbinical student was stabbed to death during the Crown Heights, N. Y., RIOTS of 1991 as the jury acquitted his assailant on state murder charges (Satris, 2002). The most powerful early risk factors for violence at age 15 to 18 are involvement in general offenses and substance use before age 12 (Office of the Surgeon Generaland& et al, 2001).The situation become more serious when the number of female students and primary school pup...   [tags: violence, attachments, poverty] 897 words
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Gangs of New York - Picture Manhattan in 1860, a time before the city had been dolled up and gotten ready for the silver screen, before the glamour and allure took over. Amsterdam Vallan (DiCaprio) is a young Irish man that migrates to the USA at a young age. Amsterdam’s story takes place in Five Points District of New York, a filthy and dangerous part of the city before it was deleted form history. As a young boy Vallan witnessed his father’s murder at the hand of William Cutting or Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis) during one of their many gang wars....   [tags: Film Analysis ]
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Drugs, Gangs and Juveniles - John seems to be getting himself involved in the wrong crowds. At his last check-in there was a noticeable gang symbol marked in between his two fingers. When confronting John about the gang, he basically avoided the question. This was his bi-weekly check which required a drug test to be administered. In which the drug test came back positive for crystal meth and marijuana. He does not seem to have a positive outlook and seem to be very uncooperative with his mother and the authorities. John possibly having a borderline drug addiction problem will only make things worse in the end for him....   [tags: personal narrative] 1074 words
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Gangs: Behind the Signs - Sociological Individuals are more prone to copy the behaviours of their surroundings. We mimic our role models behaviour, and learn how to take action by copying the people we admire the most. Violent behaviour is not something we are born with; instead we are influenced by our natural environments which force us to react the way we do in particular situations (Schmideberg, 1947). The concept of learning from observation and replicating this behaviour is referred to as the social learning theory (Miller & Vidmar, 1980)....   [tags: Sociology]
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The Effects of Gangs - The Effects of Gangs What is a gang. According to Steven Sachs, a probation officer since 1978, it is "a structured, cohesive group of individuals, usually between the ages of eleven and twenty-five, who generally operate under some form of leadership while claiming a territory or turf," (Sachs XV). Distinctive clothing, the use of special street names, language, symbols and signs, and the committing of organized and spontaneous criminal acts describe some of the characteristics of a gang....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers] 1394 words
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Gangs and the Catholic - The Church's position of crime - like theft, gangs, rape, murder, perjury, etc. - has been addressed firstly in the ten commandments, particularly numbers four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten. These commandments deal with human relationships and how we are to love our neighbor. The Church's stance on these topics of crime are that they are sinful and selfish, and they do not foster a love for our neighbor and help those who are weak or in need. The forth commandment is, you shall remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy....   [tags: Gang Essays] 583 words
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Indentifying Prison Gangs: Their Bonds and Their Ink - While in prison criminals become part of the gang or a member of the gang's victim pool. Race and culture seem to be the major factors in the victimization of inmates. The inmate may not be racist when he enters the system, however the need for survival against other inmates may force these characteristics to become more prominent. In the summer of 1998, a young man named William King was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of James Byrd Jr. Byrd was a black man from Jasper County, Texas, whom was bound at the ankles and dragged to death behind a truck....   [tags: Criminology ]
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Taking a Closer Look at Prison Gangs - Prison Gangs Ever since the creation of the first prison gang the ‘Gypsy Jokers’, gangs in prisons have been a handful for officials trying to provide safety and security not only for corrections workers but for inmates as well. Prison gangs have been responsible for carrying out any number of illicit activites behind bars, these include but may not be limited to: gambling, drugs, protection, and prostitution (Knox, 2012). Over the years research for prison gangs proves difficult because of the secretive nature behind these organizations, but there is new evidence being brought to light that is helping combat these illusive and lucrative criminal organizations....   [tags: permanent part of prison life] 1171 words
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Suppression of African Americans and the Creation of Gangs - When people stop and think of violence, they usually do not associted such horrific acts within America. The types of violence that occurred within "Crips and Bloods," was the typical violence that we see in the Middle East. The foundation of these gangs were not violent, but developed once African American's contintued to be supressed and were told that they were inferior to white people. The start of these violent gangs was in 1961, this young black boy wanted to join the boyscotts, and he was only denied entry because the troop leader told him that the other parents may not approve....   [tags: Violence, Factors, Discrimination] 756 words
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Book Review: Policing Gangs in America - This book review covers Policing Gangs in America by Charles Katz and Vincent Webb. Charles Katz has a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, while Vincent Webb has a Ph.D. in Sociology, making both qualified to conduct and discuss research on gangs. Research for Policing Gangs in America was gathered in four cities across the American Southwest; Inglewood, California, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Las Vegas, Nevada, and Phoenix, Arizona. This review will summarize and discuss the main points of each chapter, then cover the relationship between the literature and class discussions in Introduction to Policing and finally it will note the strengths and weaknesses of book....   [tags: Drug Trafficking, Numerical Graphics]
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The Overcrowding, Gangs and Substance Abuse in Prisons - The overcrowding issues in prisons, the gangs in prisons and the illegal drugs and substances. In this assignment, I will be discussing respectively in order on these three issues and what can be done to correct it. In additions, I will be discussing about what I would do to rectify these issues if I were in charge, I will be using my own ideas along with the researches from credible sources to support my ideas. First, I would like to discuss about the overcrowding issues in prisons. Prison is not a good and enjoyable place to be in a first place however, more people are going to prison....   [tags: correctional systems, criminal justice]
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Gangs: A Constant Threat Against Society - According to the Cambridge Dictionary (n.d.), a gang is defined as, “a group of criminals that work together.” Gangs are a powerful force that is a constant threat against society. As of 2011, the National Gang Center (n.d.) estimates there to be 782,500 gang members in the United States alone. Mara Salvatrucha 13, also known as MS-13, is one of the biggest and most threatening gangs. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) (n.d.) believes Mara Salvatrucha 13 to have an estimated 10,000 members in the United States and several thousand other members in Central America....   [tags: mara salvatrucha 13, self image, violence]
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Why Young People Join Gangs - There are various reasons behind young people joining street gangs. One of the reasons young people join street gangs is because of neighborhood disadvantages. A theory that can contribute to why young people might join street gangs is Social Disorganization Theory. Social Disorganization theory assumes that “delinquency emerges in neighborhoods where neighborhood relation and social institutions have broken down and can no longer maintain effective social controls (Bell, 2007).” Social Disorganization contributes to residential instability and poverty, which affects interpersonal relationships within the community and opens opportunities for crimes to be committed....   [tags: neighborhoods, relationships, delinquency]
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Movie Analysis: The Gangs of New York - Gangs of New York The movie Gangs of New York takes place in Lower Manhattan’s Five Points’ neighborhood. It begins in 1846. The main protagonist Amsterdam Fallon, Priest Fallon’s son, watches his father who is the leader of the Dead Rabbit gang prepare and die in battle. As his father is on his last breadths of life giving his son counsel, Billy “the Butcher” Cutting snaps the Priest Fallon’s head. Amsterdam runs away from Cuttings henchmen to hide his father’s knife before he is captured by the Natives gang....   [tags: lower Manhanttan, neighborhood, cutting]
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Gangs of New York, an Example of Naturalism - ... After getting out of Hell Gate, Amsterdam can be a priest and go to a better place than Five Points. But he threw the Bible away and chose the path of revenge. A second chance is offered to him when Jenny asks him not to go to the duel and go to San Francisco with her. Again, he rejected for being eager to revenge. Every time Amsterdam is trapped to Five Points because of the eagerness to revenge, a conditioning done by the environment. Here is one thing the movie can do better. If Amsterdam was killed and failed to revenge, the nature’s indifference and the illusion of free will will be better expressed....   [tags: mission, free will, environment] 854 words
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Children and Gangs - Children and Gangs       Gang violence is a huge problem in America today. More and more children are joining gangs every day. It has become evident that these gangs made up of young people are causing numerous problems. Gang violence and gang activities impact all of those around the gang members. The kids in these gangs are hurting themselves, each other, their families, and the communities around them. Those who are associated with the gangs through family ties or just those who are associated with the gangs through geographical location....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Gangs in Class - Gangs in Class Even before I arrived at the gilded gates of Dunn Middle School in South Trenton, I knew I would expect to encounter gang members, gang references and possibly even gang violence within the brick walls of this school for 6-8th graders. It is a scary thought that every prospective teacher has had cross her mind at least once in her teacher preparation program: “Will there be gang members in my school, in my classroom. What will I do. What can I do”. During my first day at my JPE site my suspicions were turned into a reality....   [tags: Classrooms School Violence Essays]
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Influence Of Gangs - Gang Culture has increasingly become a subculture for many teenage youths. Mainly minority teens, these social outcast are often have no real economic stability and no parental supervision or guidance. As a result, teenagers often rebel and seek comfort in gangs. These gangs provide what is lacking in their lives, a sense of belonging. Minorities are often stereotyped and criticized, especially minorities born into poverty. They are condemned simply because they are not of the same race or of the same class as the majority (often middle class whites)....   [tags: Gang Essays] 1053 words
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Children and Gangs - The problem of gangs is growing, and not only in major city centers. The Justice Department says there are now 30,000 gangs with more than 800,000 members. The National Youth Gang Centre (NYGC), which conducts an annual survey that is funded by the Justice Department, concedes that every town of 250,000 people now has a gang problem. Many young adults who join gangs may do it for the following reasons: - Gangs may offer kids a powerful group identity and a kind of recognition they cannot get at home or elsewhere....   [tags: Gang Essays] 725 words
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Gangs and Police - Gangs and Police Ensuring peace among citizens should be the top priority of any government. In the United States, especially in New York City, race relations have been a subject that has constantly been brought up, usually in a negative subject matter. What kinds of disputes, exactly, are causing these tense situations. The fact that the minorities feel that they can not trust the police officers, combined with the fact that many of the officers fear for their lives when on duty in a minority neighborhood both contribute to the constant feuding between New Your City's citizens....   [tags: Papers] 416 words
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Prison Gangs: Gangs and Security Threat Group Awareness - One of the major problems of corrections today is the security threat group - more commonly known as the prison gang. A security threat group (STG) can be defined as any group of offenders who pose a treat to the security and physical safety of the institution. Throughout the 1960's and 1970's, prison gangs focused primarily on uniting inmates for self protection and the monopolization of illegal prison activities for monetary gain (F.B.P., 1994, p. 2). STGs are mostly divided along racial lines and practiced defiance towards authority....   [tags: security threat group (STG)]
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The Effect of Gangs in There Are No Children Here - The Effect of Gangs in There Are No Children Here           Throughout There Are No Children Here, a continuous, powerful tension always lurks in the background. The gangs that are rampant in the housing projects of Chicago cause this tension. In the Henry Horner Homes, according to Kotlowitz, one person is beaten, shot, or stabbed due to gangs every three days. In one week during the author's study of the projects, police confiscated 22 guns and 330 grams of cocaine in Horner alone (Kotlowitz 32)....   [tags: There are No Children Here Essays]
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Native American Youth Gangs: A Culture Divided - When a person thinks of a “gang,” Native Americans are often not the first group of people that come to mind. Throughout the past 20 years however, Native American gangs have begun to draw attention to themselves. Though they often contrast their urban counterparts, Native gangs are a difficult force to be addressed by tribal leaders and authorities, as well as parents, and educators. Understanding such gangs is a difficult concept, using Native history and culture; this essay will provide insight into the emergence of Native gangs, as well as some prevention strategies taken on by the tribal communities....   [tags: Teenagers, Exclusion, Frustration]
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DISPOSABLE ACESSORIES OR GENDER LIBERATION: WOMEN IN GANGS - Society has marginalized women into gender related roles that made it almost impossible for them to succeed. Women in society are taught to become puppets to a male master. Women in society were supposed to follow the orders of their male counterparts. Some of the women who felt that they are been marginalized by society create or join subcultural groups known as gangs. The question remains: are female gang members used as disposable accessories in gangs or are they forming their own gang to liberate themselves from gender related roles set by society....   [tags: Gender Roles, Gang Members, Crime, Society]
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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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GANGS - GANGS I'm doing a report on gangs. I need to start off by saying that a lot of the stuff I'm about to say, I think is bull shit. I think this because I am in a gang and do, or did drugs. I also have to disagree with some of, no actually a lot of the stuff I am about to say. Before I babble on about gangs I have to say one thing. Not all gangs are based around Latino's and or African-American's. Nor are all the gangs from Los Angeles area, but the Barrio is in East Los Angeles. There are many different gangs around....   [tags: Gang Essays] 1576 words
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Gangs - Being that the closest that I have ever come to gangs or gangs violence is in television of movies, this topic intrigued me. What makes a person want to become part of something that is so violent and dangerous. Why would someone risk everything to put their lives on the line for people that are not even their blood relatives. As I read the material that I found in the library about gangs, I found out a lot about how this children's' though process works. They believe that the gang members are their family; to them it is not seen as the sinister organization of careless violence as it is to us "normal" Americans....   [tags: essays research papers] 696 words
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The Subculture of Street Gangs Such as the "Rattlers" in Albany, GA - Can you imagine yourself being apart of a group or lifestyle, now imagine yourself not fitting in. Maybe some people think you’re weird, but people just like you understand. Many suggest that it’s dangerous while others want to join. Whatever the reason may be you still consider yourself apart of society. As you grow older you realize that many people have different backgrounds and maybe even distinct behaviors. When people feel a deep need for love or respect, values and morals may be forgotten....   [tags: violence] 709 words
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Perfect Environment for Youth Gangs to Rise in the United States - There is a tendency to see gang activity as a purely American phenomenon. Truth be told youth gangs have been reported across many countries and can have their origins traced to early Europe (Mihailoff). One example can be seen with the revival of the Nazi youth movement and the counter offensive of those who are taking the brunt of the violence occurring in Germany. As Germany is seeing an influx in immigration it also has a growing issue with the war that is being waged by youth that view their culture under a fundamental attack....   [tags: culture, society, immigration, urbanization]
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Gangs - Gangs Since the beginning of the decade, teenage homicides increased by one hundred and fifty percent (Strout, Brian 1996). This sharp increase is largely due to the rapid formation of gang activity throughout the United States (Strout, Brian, 1996). In today's larger cities, gang violence is a reality that people have to deal with every day. As gang related crimes increase, officials are trying to find out why people join and remain loyal to gangs. Unfortunately, experts can only hypothesize explanations for gang involvement....   [tags: Gang Essays] 1389 words
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