Gangs A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior. When a new member joins the gang he or she must go through an initiation, the most common initiation is “jumping in” or getting beaten by all the gang members and/or committing acts of theft or violence. In 2011 the National Gang Intelligence Center of the Federal Bureau of Investigation asserted that "There are approximately 1.4 million active street, prison, and outlaw gang members comprising more than 33,500 gangs in the United States." In this paper you will read about gang types and gang structure, why people join gangs, typical gang activities, gang violence, and how gang members identify themselves. There are basically four types of gangs; Delinquent Youth Gangs, Traditionally Turf-Based Gangs, Gain-Oriented Gangs, and Violence/Hate Gangs. A Delinquent Youth Gang is a loosely structured group of young people that hang out together. The group has a name, and typically members have developed identifying signs such as similar clothing styles, colors, and/or hand signs. Members engage in delinquent or undesirable behavior with enough frequency to attract negative attention from Law Enforcement and/or school officials. A Traditionally Turf-Based Gang is a loosely structured, named group committed to defending its reputation and status as a gang. It is usually associated with a geographic territory, but may simply defend its perceived interests against rival gangs. Members are juveniles and/or adults who typically use identifying signs such as clothing style, colors, tattoos or hand signs. The members usually mark their turf with graffiti. A Gain-Oriented Gang is a loosely structured, named local group of juveniles and/or adults who repeatedly engage in criminal
The ‘Crips’ are an L.A. based street gang that surfaced in 1969, this gang is said to be started by Stanley “Tookie” Williams and Raymond Washington, they chose the collective name of “Crip” because it appealed to the younger age of the members they were recruiting. This gang has been labeled as one of America’s most violent street gangs.
Violence within this gang is used indiscriminately between rival gang members, to maintain order within the hierarchy of the gang, to initiate new members, and….
18th Street Gang
The 18th Street Gang is one of the biggest gangs in Los Angeles County. There membership has been estimated to be around 20,000. Most members in this gang are Mexican and Chicano but they are one of the few gangs that have broken racial boundaries. They allow almost any race to join the gang. (Delaney, 2006) Because of their openness to other races the gang membership grew rapidly. An estimated 60% of the gang is made up of illegal immigrants. ("18th Street Gang", 2007)….
The poem, street gangs, emphasises to us that unpredictable nature of street gang members. The members of the gang lash out at anyone, even the innocent, if given the chance, evident through this poem. They use others as mere 'scape goats' to their dysfunctional mentality and overgrown egos. The belief that they are “superior” in comparison to other individuals, which is their justification to their actions and why they believe they have the right to exploit others for their own gains.
The Street Gang the Bloods
Violence is a substantial problem that has attracted increased attention over the past decade. Many forms of violence are seen on a daily basis however; street gang violence has grown to become the most pervasive form. Street gangs refer to groups of individuals who share a common identity and, in current usage, engage in illegal activities in a particular area. According to data presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there are at least 30,000 street….
Gangs are the result of a long history of human beings gathering together into groups that share similar characteristics. They particularly form when there is a group, or groups, that can be defined as "other". Street gangs often form in an environment that is relatively similar in their makeup. A group of people with similar ethnicities, cultural values and interest begin to see themselves as different from the rest of their community, and so they begin to define the people outside of their group….
crimes in order to get money. In City of Gangs, it is explained that one of the problem in Regina is that aboriginal could have a job if they wanted, but many of these people don’t have the ability to achieve this goal since they don’t have a resume or they don’t know how to fill an application form (City of Gangs, 2009). Thus, the young people on reserves are experiencing this inability to achieve norms and standards of the dominant society, and are joining gangs in order to achieve their goal, through….
Street gangs have been a part of American history for years. According a report from the Immigration Customs Enforcement, MS-13 is the most violent and rapidly spreading gang in the United States. Their major areas of concentration are in 33 states which not limited to: California, Texas, New York, Maryland, and Nebraska to name a few. The origin of the MS-13 can be traced to Los Angeles in the 1980s. Salvadoran families have fled to L.A. to escape from the civil war that was happening in El Salvador….
Gangs of New York is just perfect entertainment. It is an enthralling, bloody, melodramatic epic that more than justifies its two and one half hour running time. In Gangs director Martin Scorsese spins another tale of the New York underworld but with a twist. Instead of the mid-twentieth century organized crime milieu of Goodfellas, Scorsese ventures back to the 19th century to show us the origin of the modern street gang.
It's the early 1860s and the notorious Five Points slum is ruled by the….
Prof. Heidi Currie
Nov 14, 2016
Gang Warfare in Vancouver Streets
In the presentation regarding the “Gang Warfare In Vancouver Streets” I described the reasons and causes behind such kinds of activities that is harmful for the society. Who are those who join gangs?
According to textbook, ‘Federick Thrasher was one of the first criminologist to give a brief description of ‘gang’ that “a gang is an organized group of three or more individuals, who rely on group intimidation….
Street Gangs: A Guide To Community Awareness
This information is to help parents determine if their child is either at risk
in becoming associated with or is involved in gang activity. Indicators of gang
association outlined in this brochure may generally fit a variety of youths. If
parents observe more than one indicator, they should talk to their child about
WHAT IS A GANG?
A gang is a group of three or more people who associate together, have a common