Society today can be Very Pressuring Especially Adolescent teen who want respect Usually out of fear. Young people tend to recognize at an emotional level that they are truly Incapable of dealing with the world and feel as though they would be empowered if they Belong to something larger. Sometimes their "friends" invite them to become a member of a Gang and there can be some intimidation, which plays right into their emotional feeling of Weakness.
Once they grow up a little, emotionally that is, many of the former gang members Recognize that it's not a good idea and they try to leave. At that point, some gangs have a "no exit" policy and life gets difficult. It really is unfortunate that so many of them believe in the rhetoric of the gang members. It's partially a result of the warehousing practices of the public school system that end up not teaching anything of value leaving these kids to learn nonsense from other kids. While it's true that a value oriented education system will not be able to save them all, it would certainly be able to do better than what we have now.
Once a person joins a gang, their complete loyalty is demanded by the gang even over their family. Everything the gang tells them to do, they have to do, even stealing from their family. Gangs rule by fear & intimidation. They accomplish this by committing crimes within their turf, or boundary, as set by various gangs. Many times the worst crimes are committed by younger members of the gang, & for 2 reasons. First, they want to show the gang their loyalty & second, they get in less trouble with the law if they get caught. The main effects are the amount & degree of crime committed by members that over burden law enforcement, jails, & courts. Another is the breakdown of the community because of the fear. & intimidation. Gang areas usually result in attempted murder, torture, mayhem, etc. case where a person was hogtied, shot,...
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