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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,]

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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]

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Criminal Gangs And The Gang

- Introduction Gangs exist because the members of a gang do not feel socially accepted by the world in which they live. A gang is a group of individuals who have decided to create their own levels of government, they have decided to educate themselves, and they are mostly intolerant of rules and laws of mainstream society. These individuals commit many crimes as a means to survival in the land. They have committed themselves to each other and are collectively called “a gang.” To join a gang you must first be initiated into the gang....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Criminology, Gangs]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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- 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]

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Gangs : What Are Gangs?

- What are gangs. Gangs are a group of people who claim territory over others usually in the same neighborhood or surrounding areas. Gangs are usually brought together to create revenue through illegal activities. Most of the time gangs are organized based upon territory, race, illegitimate activity, and ethnicity. The ages of people who join gangs start from the ages of 8 ranging all the way to 22. Typically, you will see gang members wearing specific clothing in order to be unified and recognized as part of the group....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology, Sociology]

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The Battle Of The Gangs

- Boom. Boom. Boom. Imagine waking with your house riddled by gunshots knowing that you could be killed any second of the day for no reason whatsoever. This is what communities containing gangs do on a daily basis. In communities just like ours, an astonishing forty-eight percent of all violence in jurisdictions across the country is contributed by the gangs. The Crips and Bloods are two of the most well-known and largest gangs in the country. These gangs have been known to break laws on a regular basis and disrupt the lives of many of the members of towns and cities around them....   [tags: Gang, Crips, Bloods, Los Angeles]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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The Media 's Portrayal Of Gangs

- The Media’s Portrayal of Gangs History has shown time and time again that most gangs are violent, involved in drug activity, murder, sex, and all types of illegal activities. And how do we know this. Gangs are portrayed in mass media, TV, games, and movies as being completely evil and extremely filled with horrible people. Most people believe that gangs are going to take over and fill the streets with violence and death if they are not stopped because of what they have seen or heard in the media....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Motorcycle club, Bandidos]

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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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Gangs : Americ Growing Problem

- GANGS IN AMERICA: GROWING PROBLEM Currently in the United States of America, there are 33,000 or more active gangs, that operate on a regular basis. Many gangs in America are violent and radical. Yet there are also gangs that start with good intentions but soon turn to multi-million drug enterprises. Common gang members are embossed in a community that already possesses ties to the local economy. To fully understand gangs and the lifestyle of their members, a knowledge of the history behind gangs and why they are popular, the characteristics and appeal of a gang, and the programs and education being put forth to stop the growing industry known as gangs....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology]

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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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Solutions For Youth Gangs And Violence

- Propose a solution There are many solutions that address youth gangs and violence; many include community based programs. Although there are proven solutions to these problems, the percentages involving youth gangs and violence continue to grow. A solution to combat youth gangs is to reduce their attraction. (Taylor & Smith). As shown previously there are many reasons as to why juveniles join gangs, which include, building relationships with family and friends, protection, sense of belonging, status, outlaw mentality and economics (National Youth Gang Center, 2007)....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Mara Salvatrucha, Criminology]

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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]

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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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Prison Gangs And The United States

- Prison gangs were created by inmates as a way to protect themselves from other inmates. Each prison gang has their reasons for existing. There are five prison gangs in the United States. These gangs are as follow: The Aryan Brotherhood, The Black Guerilla Family, Texas Syndicate, Mexican Mafia, and La Nuestra Familia. They all have similar beliefs, meanings of their tattoos, how gangs impact their lives and society, and the challenges they bring the prison system in order to decrease gang population....   [tags: Prison gang, Mexican Mafia, Aryan Brotherhood]

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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]

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The Public Discourse Of Youth Gangs

- It is evident that the public discourse of youth gangs in North America focus on the poor through the countless media representations which report crimes in a certain manner. It has been shown that 50% of crimes that have been reported in Canadian newspapers have been violent crimes despite only accounting for 6% of offences which are reported. They also tend to focus on crimes committed by young offenders even though these offences are rare (Landau 20:2006). The reporting of these rare instances are used as a fear tactic to create panic for audiences to believe that crime is on a rise....   [tags: Sociology, Marxism, Social class, Working class]

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Globalization Of Gangs And The United States

- Globalization of Gangs “Street gangs are proliferating around the world. The United States has unwittingly spurred this phenomenon by deporting tens of thousands of immigrants with criminal records each year” (Papachristos). After reading that quote, I paused to wonder if deportation was the correct solution to the immigrant gang problem in the United States. In the 1990’s I felt the government was just in their decision to deport immigrants with criminal records. Although, twenty years later, as I am reading an article entitled, “Gang World,” for the anthropology course I am taking this fall, I realize the full effect this course of action has had on globalizing gangs....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Illegal immigration, Los Angeles]

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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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Questions On Law Enforcement And Gangs

- Law Enforcement and Gangs The purpose of this study is the assessment of the self-reported questionnaire administered to juveniles’ detained in a detention facility in St. Louis regarding gang issues with gang and non-gang member’s. The responses are compared with responses from the detention facilities assigned St. Louis police officers and officers from the St. Louis’s members gang task force unit; that will assist in the designing of effective intervention programs. While seeking to answer to the hypothesis of: problems facing juveniles and the seriousness of these problems and how the ranking of the seven different intervention activities with the perceived importance among gang and non-...   [tags: Police, Crime, Youth detention center]

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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]

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The Early American Street Gangs

- The earliest American street gangs emerged at the end of the American Revolutionary War in the early 1780s. Since then, conditions in the urban centers of the United States have transformed the gang issue into a major dilemma with widespread consequences. As the number of gangs and gang members continue to grow and the gang related issues worsen with each passing year, it has become clear that the problem needs to be addressed. Within the United States, gangs are a serious and widespread issue sprouting from a variety of personal and environmental factors that have considerable social and economic consequences, but can be minimized through the institution of a variety of gang prevention tech...   [tags: Crime, Gang, Los Angeles, Criminology]

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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]

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Gangs And Gang Oriented Crime

- Introduction The Bloods, the Crips, the Latin Kings, the snakeheads, MS-13, are only a few examples of the many gangs that exist in the United States. A gang is characterized as a group of at least three individuals who share common interests such as a specific territory, and frequently participate in criminal behavior. The term gang is broad because it groups together street gangs, motorcycle gangs, prison gangs, and other large organized groups that commit crimes. Violence is a very common characteristic of street gangs, and gangs make up 45-90 percent of violent crimes in most areas (FBI, 2010)....   [tags: Criminology, Crime, Gang, Crips]

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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]

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Rival Gangs Unite For Justice

- In the video titled Rival Gangs Unite for Justice, a CNN correspondent is interviewing members of different street gangs, who have temporarily set aside their differences and attempt to bring a sense of order to the community. When asked if the destructive behavior was gang related, they replied no, they are the ones out there trying to keep the peace. Additionally, when asked if they were doing anything to warrant the police constantly stopping and searching them one gang member shouted, “Stereotypes!” and another stated, “That’s why it’s not all about the (gang) colors right now, it’s about the black man…we’re all united right now, there’s a bigger systematic problem we gotta deal with” (C...   [tags: Gang, Sociology, Black people, Crime]

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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]

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Why Youth Join Gangs?

- The percentage of gang members that are 18 years or younger, is according to the Statistics Brain Institute are 40%. This is a massive amount of teenagers that join into a criminal group. This has cached the attention of police officers, families, and the government. Gang members have grown at a very fast rate, which today in the United States, there is 1,150,000 youth in a gang or in gang activity. The cause of young youth joining gangs is because of a serious lack of resources in their lives; oftentimes, gangs are the only way for them to get what they need to survive. One reason why youth join a gang is because a gang can be a sense of family....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology, Mara Salvatrucha]

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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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The Latin King Gangs

- Kaplan University Mashia Harris ID:CJ130-07-09-A   The folk Nation are not gangs they are unions under which gangs are aligned some people call them gangs or sets. Some of the people nation are: Latin Kings, Vie lords, Latin Counts, Mickey Cobras, Spanish lords, and Etc. The Latin kings are the oldest and largest Hispanic street gang in Chicago. The Latin king are also known as the (ALKN) almighty Latin kin nation, (ACCN) Almighty Latin charters nation and the (AKQN) Latin king and queen nation....   [tags: Gang, Prison gang, Los Angeles, Bloods]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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Gangs Of El Salvador : A Social Norm

- With an average of one murder per hour, El Salvador, a relatively small country of about six million people, is on its way of becoming the country with highest homicide rate in the world. The violence that has become a Salvadoran social norm derives from many different factors, with the main factor being the high rate of gangs. With over 60,000 gang members actively involved in gangs, the nation has been taken under a sort of violence and mass death only caused by wars (Vice News, ‘Gangs of El Salvador’)....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Mara Salvatrucha, Los Angeles]

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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]

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Gangs Of New York, By Max Weber

- In the movie Gangs of New York, many different gangs, the most important being the Natives and the Dead Rabbits, vie for power over the region called the Five Points during the Civil War time period. Within the movie there were many different examples containing social class privilege, status, and power. The examples were shown by both the gangs and the individuals that the gangs were compromised of. The purpose of this paper is to analyze these examples of social class and privilege, status, parties, and power that were in the movie Gangs of New York....   [tags: Sociology, Social class, Max Weber, Social status]

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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]

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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 Of New York And The Conflict Theory

- Gangs of New York takes place in 1863 in New York City. This movie shows how conflict can make or break a whole entire city. It is a story of a vendetta as a family legacy set against the historical background of the ethnic feuds in New York City. The three major perspectives can are shown a considerable in Gangs of New York. The conflict theory is shown between the conflict with all of the gangs and, main characters. The symbolic interactionist theory, can be shown through all of the symbols depicted in the movies, especially those related to “Priest” Vallon....   [tags: Sociology, New York City, Irish American]

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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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