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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur

- Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur The correctional system fails in the sense that it does not correct gang members behavior. In fact, it seems that prison only make the problems worse. Bangers sent to prison come out looking bigger, stronger, with new enemies, and are hungry to get back on the streets. In Monster's eyes being sent to prison is only another stepping stone in his path to O.G. status. The harsher the prison the better it is. The first mistake in the correctional system is grouping gangs instead of separating them....   [tags: Shakur Gang Member]

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L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur

- L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur Kody Scott grew up in South Central L.A. during the nineteen-sixties and seventies, soon after the creation of the Crips. Raised in poverty without a father, and a full family raised solely by his mother, Kody Scott led the stereotypical “ghetto” life, a poor and broken home. However he does not blame this on his own personal decision to join the Crips while only eleven year’s old. The allure of the respect and “glory” that “bangers” got, along with the unity of the “set”(name for the specific gang) is what drew him into the gang....   [tags: Monster Autobiography L.A. Gang Member Essays]

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Why Manny Is A Gang Member For A Vicious Gang Call Norteno

- The story of Manny comes from central California in the city of San Jose. Manny is a gang member for a vicious gang call Norteno. He grew up in one of San Jose’s roughest neighborhoods he is from a Hispanic family. From the story you can see that he grew up without his dad which mean his mom was the only one there. But his mother was working two jobs she was not around enough to really raise him so the streets raised him in a sense. Already being in fourth grade Manny staring running the streets with his friends and getting into fights with other kids....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Criminology, Mother]

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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

- It was on the day of June 15th, 1975 that the world of eleven year old boy named Kody Scott would change completely. A month prior to this day, Kody was suspended from school for flashing a gang sign during the school’s panorama picture; from here it was evident where Kody was heading in life. Growing up in South Central Los Angeles, Kody was always surrounded by gangs and constantly witnessed the warfare created by rival gangs. Upon his return home from his sixth grade graduation Kody dashed out of the window in his room and ran to meet up with Tray Ball, a gang member of the Eight Tray Gangster Crips who had agreed to sponsor Kody into the gang....   [tags: gangster crips, kody scott, eight tray]

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Monster: The Autobigraphy of an LA Gang Member

- Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, is an autobiography detailing the criminal and personal life of Kody Scott. The book tells the story of how and why Kody Scott got involved in gang life, what happened during his time as a gang member, and how his life changed after his incarceration. It gives great insight into the inner workings of gangs in America, and shows how tough life is for the people who choose to be a part of it. Shakur greatly details his early years, his time as one of the leaders on the streets, and his transformation in prison....   [tags: Autobiography, Crime, Personal Life, Kody Scott]

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My Journey From A Lost Drug Addicted Gang Member

- My past deliverance, present passion, and vision will be the driving force for me to begin the challenge of obtaining a greater education at Colorado Christian University. My deliverance from a lost drug addicted gang member will continue to remind me that the Lord has set me free to prove wrong the statistics and stereotypes that people can change no matter their past lifestyle. My present passion is to serve those lost in the vicious cycle of gangs, prostitution, and addiction. Through my past and present God has given me a vision to reach the lost in very descriptive and successful way....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Illegal drug trade]

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Monster: An Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

- The main character in the book Monster, Kody Scott talks about two large gangs. He talks about when he was initiated into the Crips at age eleven and he committed his first murder. This is the first day he realized he would be “banging” for the rest of his life. He had worked hard to build up his reputation and the Crips gang, by being loyal to his homeboys. It was evident that he had the potential to become a leader. The name Monster stuck with him during a police encounter when he had been called that....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member

- Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member   "Where I came from, in order to be down you had to be 'in'" (Shakur, 226). This quote, taken from Sanyika Shakur's (aka Monster Kody Scott) Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member relates the mind set of those growing up the concrete jungle of South Central L.A. This powerful account of the triumph of the human spirit over insurmountable odds brings the reader into the daily battles for survival. His story starts at the beginning of his gang life (being initiated at age 11), moves through his teen years (mostly spent in various correctional facilities) and ends up with his transformation in a member of the New Afrikan Independ...   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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A Report On The Street Side Of ' Villa Boys Gang Member Who Spray Painted The Letters '

- Introduction: This case involved a “Villa Boys” gang member who spray painted the letters “VBP” on a wooden fence. A second juvenile subject was with him at the time, who acted as a look-out. Evidence: Item 1: (1) “Rust-Oleum” can of white spray paint. Location: A single family home located at the corner of Hammond Street and Marengo Avenue. On the Hammond Street side, the house has a wooden fence along the north side of the property. Investigation: On Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at approximately 1956 hours, Officer Reinbold #7400 and I (Officer Guerrero #3310) were dispatched to 1113 Marengo Avenue, in regard to a vandalism that just occurred....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Spray painting, Painting materials]

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The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur aka Kody Scott

- This book Monster: the Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member by Sanyika Shakur aka Kody Scott depicts all of the events that Kody went through from the day he joined a gang up until when he decides to leave the gang, and his life after the gang. He joined the Eight Tray Crips when he was only eleven years old. He gets initiated into the gang after his sixth grade graduation, and he describes his initiation as an even bigger right of passage into society than his own graduation. The reasons that Kody suggests that he had joined a gang has to do a lot with the whole concept of belonging....   [tags: social learning theory, labeling theory]

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Criminalogical Theories Applied to Monster The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member

- Criminalogical Theories Applied to Monster The Autobiography of an LA Gang Member In Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member, Kody Scott tells the story of the struggle between two significantly large gangs. At the age of eleven he was initiated into the Crips, and committed his first murder. It was this day that began what would become a career for Kody: banging (Scott, 1993). Kody worked hard to secure a reputation for his name. He held loyal to his homeboys and began to build up the Crips....   [tags: Papers]

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Stanley Williams: Murderer, Thief, Philanthropist

- “Stanley Williams – Murderer, Thief, Philanthropist.” This was how a bibliography website described the occupation of Stanley Williams. It was very bizarre to see those three strikingly different words in the same sentence because they don’t normally belong together. Stanley Williams was not at all what anyone would classify as normal though. He grew up with very bizarre living conditions. Stanley Williams was born on December 23rd 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His father left the family early on and forced Stanley’s mother, who was seventeen at the time to raise him....   [tags: West Side Crips, American gang member]

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Gangs : Gang And The Latin Kings Gang

- Essay: Gangs Violence. A gang is a name created by a group of people, to fight for what they believe in, by using violence. Gang violence has always existed, however it has being growing noticeably in today 's society. There are the many types of gangs in the world, but the most popular gang are the Mara Salvatrucha gang and the Latin Kings gang. In each gang there are positive and negative effect of being part of a gang, plus society. The definition of a gang is a group of people who work together with a similar idea....   [tags: Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, Los Angeles]

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Gang Violence That Results Into Crimes

- Gang violence that results into crimes takes over 100 lives every year. This may affect you, your families, and others either directly or indirectly. A gang is an “association of three or more individuals whose members collectively identify themselves by adopting a group identity, which they use to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation, frequently by employing one or more of the following: a common name, slogan, identifying sign, symbol, tattoo or other physical marking, style or color of clothing, hairstyle, hand sign or graffiti; Their purpose is to engage in criminal activity and which uses violence or intimidation to further its criminal objectives.” (NIJ) Approximately 100% of ci...   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology, Bloods]

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Is A Firearm Weapon Of Choice For Many Gang Members?

- A firearm is usually the weapon of choice for many gang members due to their compact size and ability to create quickly discharge against their rivals. According to Davis a handgun (1995) “Is an instrument used to impress others in the gang and the community with the group 's ability to act in battle” (p. 130). During this hit up confrontation many times it leads to an exchange of gunfire between rival gangs. The unfortunate part is that too many times during the exchange of gunfire an unintended innocent bystander is hit and many times killed....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Gangs, Prison gang]

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Intervention Programs For Gang Membership

- To assess proper intervention methodology, one must first understand intervention in the context of gang membership. “One of the explicit goals of many recent and ongoing criminal justice interventions is to target youth most at risk for involvement in serious, chronic, and violent offending,” (Melde, Gavazzi, McGarrell & Bynum, 2011). That said, the unfortunate truth is that intervention programs focusing on active gang members are largely lacking in the United States. Instead, the focus has been put on at-risk youth prior to gang initiation as well as putting active gang members behind bars rather than positively intervening with the individual(s)....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology, Sociology]

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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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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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Violent Gang : The Mighty Vice Lords

- This book was about a street gang called the Mighty Vice Lords. They were the second largest gang in Chicago with about 30,000 members. The Vice Lords started in the Illinois Training center (Juvenile Correctional Facility) for boys in St. Charles Illinois during 1958 and was led by Edward “Pepalo” Perry and Alfonso Alfred. This group was known to be brutal and violent. It discussed how a violent gang can become a community organization and change the way things were done for the betterment of the community....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Criminology, Prison gang]

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The Fight Of A Gang Intervention Specialist

- The United States is going through a national epidemic that is taking over our youth. Gangs are becoming more and more prevalent in the lives of our youth and violence is becoming the answer to our problems. Necessary gang prevention programs are heavily underfunded, and the need to rehabilitate the troubled kids, take them off the street, and integrate them to be positive roles in society is barely an option in the views of todays society. With the demand of gang programs come the demand of gang intervention specialists....   [tags: Crime, Criminology, Gang, Los Angeles]

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Can Young Gang Members Be Changed?

- Can Young Gang Members Be Changed. In the Freedom Writers I saw the soft part of young gang members’ hearts. Being gang members, they still feel helpless. The problem of gang violence today is a worldwide problem that should solve carefully and urgently. Moreover, as the National Young Gang Survey Analysis says, there are more than two out of five gang members are juveniles. Freedom Writers focused on this global issue, described a true story about how a teacher changed her gang member students’ life....   [tags: Gang, Illegal drug trade, Gangs, Bloods]

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The Impact Of Gang Membership On The Individuals

- When one hears the word “gangs”, many would start leaving the premises or speak in hushed whispers due to the threats attached to these groups. Some would argue, especially its members, that the perceptions on gangs are exaggerated considering that not all gangs are violent in nature. Regardless of these arguments, many often fear gangs as history and the media portray the violence and chaos brought by these groups when they are in their territories or fighting rival organizations. However, there are several sentiments being raised by people when it comes to the possible impacts of gang membership to the individual who become involved with these gangs....   [tags: Gang, Illegal drug trade, Crime, Mara Salvatrucha]

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Black Female Gang Members And Their Criminal Subculture

- Female gang members and their criminal subculture is a very interesting issue in the study of the underclass and street-based criminal subcultures, due to the fact that there has been a failure in adequately reporting female gang activity and how they as females contribute to gang activity. Since females also grow up surrounded by the street underclass, there have been cases where they have displayed importance in gangs with their similar upbringing, yet we still do not have a good grasp of all the ways they contribute in the gang criminal subculture (Adler, f, 1975) To address this issue in the current paper, I reviewed the literature on black female gang members in Philadelphia for t...   [tags: Crime, Gang, Criminology, Sociology]

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Gang Violence And The United States

- Gang Violence in the United States A gang is made up of people with the same interests. They claim territory and use it for illegal activities, like drug trafficking. They are organized according to race, ethnicity and territory (“11 Facts”). Gang violence entered the United States as early as the 1780’s. They appeared after the revolutionary war as questionable street gangs. Gangs that were much more violent formed in the northern eastern parts of America, like New York....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology, Illegal drug trade]

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The Problem Of Gang Related Issues

- On December 2, of 2010 Mexicans troops captured a 14 year old boy from the U.S. named Edgar Jimenez. He was a hired hit man for one of Mexico’s most vicious drug gangs. He nickname was the stoner because all the beheadings he committed were done while he was high. This chapter focuses on the problem of gang related issues and what causes juveniles to be so intrigued with them. The beginning of the chapter focuses on the impact of youth and there relationships and then how gangs came to be. From there the chapter moves into describing how the gangs act and how all are different form each other....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Illegal drug trade, Criminology]

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Gang Violence And Youth Violence

- “Children caught up in this system are the most vulnerable and yet are the least likely to be represented by the counsel,” (Alexander p.86). Gang violence is something that occurs every single day and can’t seem to be avoided by some despite whether you’re in a gang or not. Gang violence mostly happens in low-income communities, which are inhabited by minority groups. The children who live in those types of environment are used to seeing violence and drugs around the corner. Since gang violence does occur in the low-income communities then the children are more likely to fall victim to gang violence activities just by being at the wrong place at the wrong time....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Illegal drug trade, Bloods]

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Gang Leader For A Day By Sudhir Venkatesh

- In the book “Gang Leader for A Day”, Sudhir Venkatesh, a sociologist in graduate school at the University of Chicago, did research in the projects with young men affiliated with gangs. The way he did it was so different because he actually presented himself in some of the most ghetto and dangerous projects. Sudhir Venkatesh first interacted with a gang when he went to a poor community asking questions. Venkatesh assignment was to get some information through gang members by asking them straight up questions, which they took offensive....   [tags: Gang, Criminology, Crime, Sociology]

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Why Target Youth For Gang Membership?

- What elements of social structure do you see in this video. How could they lead to crime or criminal behavior. In the beginning of this video the man that is being interviewed talks about loving his gang members as if they were family and doing anything to help and support one another. This is an example of a social group among social structure. This can lead to crime by ways of theft, assault, and even murder just to satisfy the needs of your social group and to make the leaders of your group proud of your actions, thus receiving praise and a willingness to continue doing these actions....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Sociology, Criminology]

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Gang Membership : Delinquency And Social Control

- Gang Membership: Delinquency and Social Control Sociologists see deviance as a collection of individuals, conditions, and actions that society disvalues, finds offensive or condemns. In part because gangs as deviant groups violate societies norms through crimes such as theft etc. Various explanations exist to explain the formation of gangs; Howard Becker, an American sociologist, claims that negative labels excaberate deviant behaviors by excluding individuals (Skatvedt & Schou, 2008). Further, individuals cannot distinguish between false needs such as watches, cars etc....   [tags: Sociology, Criminology, Gang, Crime]

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World 's Most Dangerous Gang

- World’s Most Dangerous Gang A. The first term to be discussed is Group(43). States by Henslin as “Set of people who interact on the basis of shared expectations and who possess some degree of identity”(145). A part of being in MS 13 is that all people involved are one group. They all follow the same “rules” and respect the same leader. In parts of the documentary we watched as a class, we have seen how MS 13 is running in some sorts like a business. Everyone in MS 13 has a job and duty to fulfill, and there are consequences for not following the guidelines....   [tags: Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, Los Angeles, Gang signal]

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The Effects Of Gang Violence On The United States

- The increase in gang violence in the United States is a serious problem, but the fact that these gangs are using teens to carry out this violence is a threat to our nation and the innocent people around gangs. There are roughly 24,500 youth gangs. In those 24,500 youth gangs there are about 772,500 members. That number is representing 7% of the United States teenager population (Lohmann). 7% of the of this nation’s teen population is involved with a gang. Teens involved in gangs outnumber big cities in the United States, such as Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, and Pittsburgh....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Los Angeles, Adolescence]

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The Role Of Gang Delinquency On A National Level

- Historically, it is difficult to document the extent and seriousness of gang delinquency on a national level. (Bookin-Weiner and Horowitz_1983 - The End of the Youth Gang.pdf), particular attention is required to the corner social groups (Whyte, 1943) First, to adress my proposal to study, the most important will be to identify on what we are looking for ( the goal) and to develop the methods ( the steps) toward it 's achivement. In my case of study, the principal goal is related to the Environemental theory of crime and will be designating the most dangerous gangs ' infected area on the map of the city....   [tags: Gang, Sociology, Crime, Mara Salvatrucha]

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The World 's Most Dangerous Gang

- A. Values/ Pg. 45: The standards by which people define what is desirable or undesirable, good or bad, beautiful or ugly. In the documentary, “The World’s Most Dangerous Gang”, it shows some of the MS 13 gang members. Getting the chance to hear them talk about the life they live and the things they do shined some light on their values. Their values differ from mine a lot because of where they grew up, the experiences they had, and the opportunities they were given growing up. Watching and listening to the members talk about the gang lifestyle showed me some of the values they have such as money, loyalty, and the gang....   [tags: Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, Organized crime]

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The World 's Most Dangerous Gang

- A)Socialization/page 67: The process by which people learn the characteristics of their group- the knowledge, skills, attitudes, values, norms, and actions thought appropriate for them. In the documentary of “The World’s Most Dangerous Gang” it reveals how it’s group gets followers. Children can be as young as eight and be recruited into MS 13. The name MS 13 is Mara Salvatrucha 13. Mara is the Spanish word for “group” or “clique”. Salvatrucha stands for “street smart”. The number 13 was chosen out of respect and because “M” is the thirteenth letter of the alphabet....   [tags: Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, Los Angeles]

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The World 's Most Dangerous Gang

- a.) Social Environment/ pg. 62: The entire human environment, including interaction with others. In this documentary “The World’s Most Dangerous Gang”, everyone in the town is a part of MS-13 and since everyone is basically a part of this gang I consider it to be a social environment. MS-13 is basically running the town dangerously and they connect with others to get more people in the group which is frightening. They try to even involve little kids so they can grow up learning and being in MS-13....   [tags: Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, Organized crime]

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Gang Violence

- Gang violence is a growing problem in this world. No parent would like to imagine their kids dealing with weapons or being threatened by them. These violence’s affects each child individually and their families as well. These gangs recruit multiple different individuals for many reasons such as bribery, family traditions, or even threatening. Although, many kids feel like they have to be a part of it but there are many resources out in this world to prevent them from believing so....   [tags: Gang Violence Essays]

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Benefits Of Active Gang Members And Youth At Risk For Joining

- Before to start to build our expanded model of Homeboy Industries, in order to propose it to currently active gang members and youth at risk for joining, we need to divide our approach between them. Special and different approach need to be implemented for the existence members of gang and the different one for the youth at risk. Consequently,we need to develop our strategies for “coaching” them. For doing so, we will first of all need to answer the key questions, once we will have the answers for them, we will start to build the specific conditions and offers to include in order to incline active gang members and youth at risk for joining us....   [tags: Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, Gangs, Illegal drug trade]

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The Mexican Mafia And The Los Surenos Gang

- Our team presentation focused on three Latino gangs, MS-13 (Mara Salvatrucha), the Mexican Mafia and the Los Surenos gang. My part of the presentation was to provide information on the type of crime these three gangs are known to commit. The crimes committed by the MS-13 gang are varied, violent, and take place all over the country. The FBI even put together a task force called the MS-13 National Gang Task Force in December of 2004 to try to put a stop to this gang’s activities. (www.fbi.gov). Los Surenos or Sur-13, originally based in Los Angeles, has also branched out from turf wars with rival gangs to “for profit”, violent crimes across the country....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Organized crime, Mara Salvatrucha]

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Gang Leader For A Day By Sudhir Vankatesh

- Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Vankatesh portrays the vicious gang lifestyle in one of our countries many urban cities. In Vankatesh ' book, he tells the story of a community who live a lifestyle way different from what most of us, living in the suburbs, Vankatesh especially, are familiar with. Some of the major themes in the book include the relationship between the Black Kings and the community, the variance of power between men and women In the community and whether or not their lifestyles portray a culture of poverty....   [tags: Illegal drug trade, Gang, Los Angeles, Sociology]

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The Savior Traitors: The White Rose Gang

- The Savior Traitors Let’s think of this situation, suppose that a person live in a country that just got into war, but they found out that the war started because their country is trying to kill off a race of people. What would they do, would they stand there and do nothing. Would he or she try to fight your government in politics or physically. Or take down the government from the inside by influencing the people to see what was really going on. That last one my friend is what happened in Germany in 1942 during WWII with a little Gang, not a big or strong one....   [tags: Germany, World War II, White Rose Gang]

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Gang Culture Throughout The United States

- Gang culture in prisons 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 Lanuestra 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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Letter to Mayor Regarding Gang Violence in Canada

- As an individual living in a community where gang violence is an issue, I am grateful that you are able to take part in a movement to lower the amount of gang violence today. According to Statistics Canada, gang-related homicides have been unchanged for 2011 to 2012 years with 0.27 victims for every 100,000 of the population.[1] In Ontario from 2002 to 2012, deaths peaked at 38 in 2003 and lowered significantly in 2004 to 17.[2] These numbers prove that gang-related violence are a constant battle in many communities every year....   [tags: gang-related homicides]

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The Family And School Risk Factor For Gang Involvement

- 2) The family and school risk factor for gang involvement is almost the same as those risk factors for juvenile delinquency. The more risk factors that the child possesses the more likely they are to join a gang. Family risk factors include single-parent households, dysfunctional family structure, sexual abuse, family violence, family drug/alcohol abuse, poverty, family members are involved with gangs, weak family bonds/structure, problems exist between child and parent, and sibling antisocial behavior....   [tags: Crime, Criminology, Juvenile delinquency, Gang]

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Why People Cross The Bridge Into Gang Hood

- Neglect within a community is indirectly fueling gang and criminal activity, so in order to reduce crime, it is crucial that we as a community support each other. Manuel Jaramillo, gang member for over three decades, constructed a list that identifies the root causes of why people cross the bridge into gang-hood: to be in an environment where they get respect, a sense of belonging and association, protection, and love (Jaramillo, 2012, p. 40). The neglect of an unsupportive community causes an absence in these crucial human needs....   [tags: Crime, Criminology, Gang, Mara Salvatrucha]

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The Crime Boss: North Side Gang Massacre

- On a bloody day of February 14, 1929, seven men laid dead upon a blink of an eye in a garage on North Clark Street (Outlaws, Mobsters & Crooks). These men were not any average men, they were gangsters who despised Al Capone, gangsters who desired power over the city, gangsters known as North Side Gang led by the vicious George Moran. So who shot them, who were all behind this notorious massacre. There is only one person to point fingers to and that is Al Capone, the famous all time American gangster, or also known as Scarface....   [tags: george moran, gang, al capone]

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How The Youth And Become A Part Of The Gang Lifestyle

- What causes the youth to want to become a part of the gang lifestyle. As youth become more adapt to social groups and cliques in society. It can be a truly tough experience to belong in a group with your peers. Youth in America join and become entangled in the gang life, due to lack of a solid social institutions, having access to power, feeling of safety and finally receiving respect from their community. Gangs are popular in today’s society, such as youth related crime has been growing, but an extent and coheres reason for the crimes committed by gang members is slowly beginning to become excessive....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Criminology, Illegal drug trade]

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Gang Activity : The United States Federal Bureau Of Investigation

- It is obvious that today’s society is not perfect, and even though the development of this country has occurred in an astounding pace, it has yet been able to function free of violence. One of the key contributors to the violence in this nation is gang activity. The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation defines a gang as "A criminal enterprise having an organizational structure, acting as a continuing criminal conspiracy, which employs violence and any other criminal activity to sustain the enterprise." Many ponder about why gangs exist, or what drives an individual to join one....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Illegal drug trade, Criminology]

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Gang Membership : A Growing Problem Within The United States

- Gang membership represents a growing problem throughout the United States, affecting people both outside and inside these organizations. In response to oppression, street gangs form to take advantage of resources by illegal methods (Meacham, Stokes 1). Street gangs have emerged as a threat towards community safety and presents a challenging issue towards law enforcement. Adult members fall into different categories based on their dedication towards their own gang. Gang members struggle with the transition from adolescence to adulthood, resulting in a lack of resources necessary to achieve success as adults: including their education, line of employment, and safety....   [tags: Gang, Illegal drug trade, Bloods, Crips]

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Female Gangs : Female Gang Members And Their Population Increasing As Days

- Research done has proven that there is existence of female gang members and their population increasing as days goes by. Female gangs are said to be more dangerous than their male counterparts, this is because they act so innocent and strike when you least expect them to. Female gangs make significant contribution to criminal activities and there is a need to understand their operations. Female gang member’s roles in places like clubs include seducing the targeted clients and persuading them to go to lodging with them....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Illegal drug trade, Criminology]

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Analysis Of Sudhir Venkatesh 's Ethnography Gang Leader For A Day

- Sudhir Venkatesh’s ethnography Gang Leader for a Day is a summary of his research through the University of Chicago in the 1990s. Venkatesh chose to do research on poor African-Americans in Chicago, and their experiences in public housing developments. He concentrated his study on the Robert Taylor Housing to better understand how residents lived and differentiated from those in other parts of the city. Venkatesh’s target population was those living in harsh living conditions, primarily black and poor....   [tags: Sociology, Crime, Gang, Criminology]

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A Report On The Bandidos Motorcycle Gang

- The Bandidos motorcycle gang has had a decades-long stranglehold on supremacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This gang has becoming an increased threat not only to Albuquerque, but the nation. Here in the five years I have lived here, there have been many issues with the Bandidos. Shootouts have occurred because other motorcycle gangs like the Vagos are threatening their turf. One member got shot like two years ago and the city was chaos because of threats and biker gangs came from all over for revenge....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Bandidos, Hells Angels]

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The Monkey Wrench Gang: The Law breaking Heroes

- The Monkey Wrench Gang: The Law breaking Heroes Everyone knows that breaking the law is bad and anybody who does is a criminal, but Edward Abbey author of The Monkey Wrench Gang (1975), puts a twist on those thoughts. The Monkey Wrench Gang is an adventurous novel about a gang of environmentalists who set out to destroy bulldozers, bridges, cars, trains, signs or anything that is destroying their beautiful country, the American southwest. Through characterization and description Edward Abbey glorifies the art of law breaking and leaves his readers rooting for his heroic criminals....   [tags: Monkey Wrench Gang]

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The Impact of Gang Violence in Oklahoma

- ... A lot of gangs will begin inside a prison and then expanded to the streets. All gangs have different initiations to get into a gang and different initiations to get out of a gang. An initiation is a mark of becoming something new as some cultures believe it is a sign of you being reborn and becoming something new. Most gang initiation involve the gangs member beating you senseless or having you kill someone. There was a case around 15 years ago where two boys that went to Putnam City North High School that had to do an initiation to get into a gang....   [tags: homocides, violence, members]

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The Issue Of Youth Mobs And Gang Crimes

- Introduction Crime rates are on the rise in the world today particularly in the urban centers but even more in other places. The issue of youth mobs is increasingly emerging to be of serious anxiety in many nations specifically for law enforcers. Many of these crimes such as theft, robbery, rape and terrorism are just but a few of the crimes conducted by youths. Many of the youths are led into crime by; unemployment, poverty and the need for a sense of belonging. It is the duty of every state to ensure that enough opportunities are created for youth for them to earn a living through employment....   [tags: Crime, Criminology, Gang, Illegal drug trade]

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Violence Associated With Gang Members, Demographic And School Characteristics And Violence

- Gangs and Methods Article Two This purpose of this paper is to examine patterns of violence associated with gang members, demographic and school characteristics and violence specialization involvement upon entering and exiting gangs. With the question of: are changes in gang status efficiently connected with change in both general delinquent offending and vicious criminal conduct. This empirical article meets the requirements of the capstone mission with the gaining of knowledge in methodology that seeks to research the relationship between gangs, delinquency and violent offending increases to periods of active gang membership....   [tags: Gang, Crime, Sociology, Standard deviation]

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Gang Members: A Truly Destructive Lifestyle

- A gang is an organized group of criminals who form together for a common goal or identity. Gangs can be formed based upon race, ethnicity, territory, or money making activities, and are generally made up of members varying anywhere between the age of 12 to 24. There are a variety of reasons behind the formation of gangs, whether it be for protection, profit, or because a group of people share a common trait. A gang rivalry is formed when two or more gangs grow to despise each other for their differences....   [tags: the socs, criminals, territory, money]

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The Purple Gang of the 1920s

- ... Martel asked Ben Abrams to start an organization, which could be then used as a coverup for the Purple Gang in Detroit. Ben Abrams founded the Wholesale Cleaners and Dyers organization that guaranteed to stabilize the market and made sure tailors’ couldn’t switch companies without reason. Abrams then later gave presidential rights to Charles Jacoby Jr., who just happened to be brother-in-law to two of the key members of the Purple Gang (Fitzpatrick, “Cleaners and Dyers War”). The trial of the dozen members in the Purple gang ended the war....   [tags: drug trade, liquor]

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Gang Culture in the West

- ... Which isn't necessarily true concerning a lot of other gangs aside from hate groups whose only binding agenda is the hatred of other races. Gang members use hand signs, graffiti, and tattoos to identify with their gang. They use this as a form of communication to show their gang affiliation to other gang members. Gangs have their own signs, signals, colors, and dress code for advertising their presence and marking territory in their town or city. The MS-13 may display the number “13” in different ways to disguise it here in the US....   [tags: violent, initiation, consequences]

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The Gang Issue of America

- Gangs are very dangerous to everyone in society. “Gangs are groups of people (mostly young males) who band together for protection and a sense of belonging. The U.S. Department of Justice officially defines a youth gang as a group of young people involved in criminal activity” (Gangs 1). About one million gang members are in more than 20,000 criminally active gangs in the United States. Also, that group of about one million people is accountable for up to eighty percent of our nation’s crimes. Since 2005, gangs have nationally added about 200,000 members to the already high total (Targeting Gangs 1)....   [tags: Legal Issues, Crimes]

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Clyde: The Leader of the Barrow Gang

- During the Great Depression, the crime rate had increased dramatically. There were burglars, killers, and even mobs participating in massive criminal behavior at this time. This resulted in the most dangerous criminals in history. One of the most renowned criminal groups, during this time was the Barrow Gang. This gang included the infamous Bonnie and Clyde. Their gang went on a two-year spree. This seems to give them more of a Robin Hood image, than a murderous one. The police hated them, but the public loved them....   [tags: great depression, buglars, killers]

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Gang Rehabilitation: Effective or Not?

- Criminal gangs are a crucial part of the criminal pyramid; they can be paid as hit-men, distribute narcotics, assault innocent victims, and commit larceny, among other crimes. These are more serious crimes that require harsher punishment, though, but are these harsher punishments effective. While the U.S. had a rise in gangs, the state of Nevada has seen an increase in Hispanic criminal gangs, mainly Nortenos, or north-siders, and with that, Nevada has established a special law pertaining to criminal gangs known as a “gang enhancement” law which states: A person who is convicted of a felony committed knowingly for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in affiliation with a criminal gang, w...   [tags: criminals, innocent victims]

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Causation of Female Gang Involvement

- ... 278). Females are more likely to join a gang if they have family conflict because they are driven away from their family at young ages and gang provide them a way as the age to become completely independent from their parents’ home. Family involvement also a major aspect of the effect that increases the risk of a female joining a gang. The level at which a females family is involved has a lasting impact of her development throughout her life. Family involvement has a huge impact on a female’s development throughout their life....   [tags: sociological analysis]

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Earliest Signs of Gang Activities

- Gangs have been viewed as an issue in society by many people. The earliest signs of active gang activity were reported to be in the western civilization. Around the early 1600’s , more structured gangs began to appear.In 1783, U.S gang activity emerged. This not only affected adults, but many of the youth and communities surrounding these groups of people. Influence came from all over benefitting the advance of these structured alliances. Gang origin has no specific set place. Regional focus helps pinpoint how cultural differences, and migration influenced these groups....   [tags: homicide, aggravated assault, robbery]

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A Gang 's Code Of Conduct

- “Live by the streets, die by the streets.” This is a gangster’s code of conduct. Gang members are murdered or savagely beaten for not following this code of conduct. So, what choice does a gang member have: end up in jail or end up dead. Of course, not everyone who goes to jail is a gang member. But, the majority of those in jail grew up suffering the same hardships. So, what type of hardships normally breed criminals. According to the Bureau of Census, the majority of jail inmates are one or more of the following: male, Caucasian or African American, under 35 years old, and/or lower class (Clear, 2015, p....   [tags: Sociology, Crime, Criminology, Community service]

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Gang Membership and Trajectories

- In the United States gang membership has exploded over the last twenty years. According to 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, there are approximately 1.4 million gang members, and they account for 48% of all violent crimes and an increase of non-violent crimes nationwide (Wong, Tohn, Hung & Ang, 2013). Participation within a gang increases the likelihood of delinquent behavior and could produce negative effects on future life trajectories. Several theories at present consider antisocial attitudes an underlying factor towards gang membership....   [tags: differential association theory]

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MS-13: A Dangerous Gang

- For many Americans MaraSalvatrucha or commonly known on the streets as (MS-13) is an unfamiliar gang but to (FBI) Federal Bureau Investigation,(ATF) Alcohol, Tabaco, Firearms and Explosives, and local law enforcement agencies,MS-13 is an uprising globalized menace of ruthless criminals who are growing in numbers exponentially. These plagues of criminals are not only making their mark here in the United States but they are deeply rooted in their country of origin, El Salvador and all throughout Central America with the exception of Costa Rica and Panama....   [tags: Law Enforcement, gangs, criminal justice]

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Gang Violence

- In society most people feel safe and do not have a sense of urgency that something appalling will transpire around them. Although these people may hear about the surplus of current events going on around the world today that may be abysmal they tend to not care because they perceive that it will not arise around their home. Gang violence in youths is a prominent problem around numerous portions of the world today. Youths are forced to go along with the engagements taken place in the gang which can be cataclysmic to society and themselves....   [tags: Society, Youth, Violence]

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Gang Violence

- Gangs are made up of a big “family”, which includes men, woman, and children. Children as young as seven or nine years old have been recruited in the gang. Gang member join gangs for many reasons such as protection. They live in the gang area and are in danger to violence by rival gangs so they feel they need to be protected. Another reason they join gangs is for the brotherhood. When they have lack of communication or a bad home environment they look towards the gang because it shows them love and protection like if they were family....   [tags: Youth Gangs Essays]

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The Rise in Female Gang Members

- Many people recognize that gangs have been around for what seems like forever. What they don't realize is that the numbers are increasing to amazing proportions, there were 28,000 youth gangs with 780,200 members in the United States (in 2000) and 20% to 46% of those members are female (Evans). And what is even more shocking is, in Chicago alone there are 16,000 to 20,000 female gang members (Eghigian). These girls start out as ?groupies?, become members, and sometimes even leaders of all-girl gangs because of troubles in the home, a need for money, for the social scene, or just because it is all they know....   [tags: Organized Crime Gangs]

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Strategies for Alleviating the Gang Crime Problem

- Introduction The definition of a gang crime by the law enforcement officials takes two dimensions but they employ one of the definitions in order to measure and tackle this problem in the society. The first definition considers gang-related all crimes committed by individuals who belong to a particular gang without regard to the circumstances surrounding such crimes or the nature of the offense. This therefore is a member-based definition of gang crime. Another but more restrictive definition is that a gang crime is committed if and when such occurs as part of the function of a gang or for the benefit of the gang and therefore is strictly gang-motivated....   [tags: crime, criminal justice]

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Why Juvenile Choose a Gang Lifestyle?

- Gangs have been in existence since the beginning of the Roman Empire. There were speeches made by Roman orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero, which references groups of men who constantly fought and disrupted Roman politics (Curry, 2013). The history of street gangs in the United States begins with their emergence on the East Coast around 1783, as the American Revolution ended. Though many believe the best available evidence suggests that the more serious street gangs likely did not emerge until the early part of the nineteenth century (Sante, 1991)....   [tags: sociological analysis]

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Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh

- Sociology student Sudhir Venkatesh sets out on a journey within the Chicago housing projects with a quest of finding out how it feels to be black and poor. Sudhir was an Indian native from a middle class Californian family and he was unfamiliar with the black culture within Chicago. In his book Gang Leader for a Day, he tells of his sociology research within one of the roughest housing projects in Chicago. Sudhir starts his research by talking to a few elderly gentlemen he played chess with at the park....   [tags: guns, black, poor, race, gender]

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The Gang Club : An Outlaw Motorcycle Club Notorious For Their Hatred Towards Minorities And Earning Their Income

- In society today, it is not uncommon to be surrounded by gangs in our communities. Recently, I have learned that in my area we have a local gang known as the Peckerwoods. The Peckerwoods are an Outlaw Motorcycle Club notorious for their hatred towards minorities and earning their income from a variety of illegal activities. In the beginning, when assigned to write about a local gang, I had no idea there were any gangs in my neighborhood so I found this to be intriguing. For this assignment, I was actually able to meet a member of the motorcycle club who allowed me to ask a few questions, and used the pseudonym “Eddy”....   [tags: Crime, Gang, Illegal drug trade]

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Gangs - Gang Members Need Love

- Gangs - Gang Members Need Love Although gang members insist that gangs are the only way to ensure success today, others maintain that the only way to survive is to eliminate them. Many gangs threaten the safety of everyone in their 'hood (territory or neighborhood). Innocent people living in gang war-torn towns live in constant fear of death. However, for children who have no one to look up to and no future to look forward to, gangs can become their surrogate family. Gangs are not only a set of friends or a nights activity....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]

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Nicole Hogue World's Most Dangerous Gang

- ... One would not be welcomed in a normal workplace covered in tattoos that when seen bring about a sense of fear. There is so much negativity attached to being the member of a gang whether current or former. (322 words) 3. Crime (Pg. 190)- the violation of norms (or rules or expectations) In the video crime is emphasized as the backbone of the structure of the gang MS13. The crimes committed by this gang range from petty crimes to serious crimes resulting in death. Theft, drug smuggling, human trafficking, murder, rape, hate crimes are all examples of some of the crimes committed by MS13....   [tags: drugs, territories, laws, death]

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The Influence of Geography and Social Networks on Gang Violence

- Gang violence is becoming a known threat in our country. Gang violence is defined as a group of people by repetitive socializing individuals or close friends with recognizable influence and inner coordination. These gangs will claim full control over a region in a community, town, or specific area which will lead to the involvement of violent crimes and unlawful behavior as a group or even by oneself. Since these gangs are increasing in size in communities, citizens of certain areas are beginning to move out or avoid going to these locations in order to avoid becoming the next victim to one of the community gangs waiting to engage in their next deviant act....   [tags: communities, poverty level, crime]

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Gang Violence And Substance Abuse

- Gangs in the United States are becoming more violent and deadly than ever. Thousand of people are dying each year from these ill-mannered thugs. In today's societies gang activity is an everyday occurrence whether it includes violence, drugs, death or any illegal activity in which they participate. The research that I have conducted will focus on how the selling of drugs by gangs members can lead to violence/death and how turf wars between rival gang can also lead to death. In recent years the selling of drugs has increased in the world of gang members....   [tags: Drug Addiction Essays]

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Gang Violence in the United States

- Gang Violence in the United States Gang violence in America is reaching alarming proportions. Chicago police Commander Donald Hilbring states, "Gangs are everywhere. All throughout the city of Chicago, the suburbs, throughout the state, throughout the nation." Chicago police state that so far this year, more than 100 gang-related murders have occurred. Everyday an other report on the evening news relays the tragedy of a child accidently caught in gang crossfire. The image of black, inner-city teenagers selling "crack" on neighborhood street corners and shooting it out over drug "turf" comes to mind whenever we hear the story told....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers Crime]

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Mara Salvatrucha: A Deadly Organized Crime Gang

- Street gangs have been a part of the American culture for centuries. As a young child growing up in the 80’s on the North Side of Fort Worth, Texas I saw my fair share of gang activity and the violence associated with it. Little was I aware of a notorious and deadly gang that was transforming known as Mara Salvatrucha, also referred to as MS-13. What began as a street gang, MS-13 now has activity in much of the United States and according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is, “one of the most violent and rapidly growing transnational street gangs.” The people of America need to realize the great danger MS-13 possess....   [tags: Criminal Justice]

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Causes of Youth Gang Membership

- Causes of Youth Gang Membership Gangs are a violent reality that people have to deal with in today's cities. They are a direct result of human beings personal wants and peer pressure. Kids are the main targets because they feel that being in a gang is both an acceptable and prestigious way to live, because of the bad miscommunication of society. By looking at the way humans are influenced in society, there is good evidence to point the blame at several institutions. These institutions include the forces of the media, the government, theatre, drugs and our economic system....   [tags: Papers]

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