With time and calculated moves, the gangs of Puerto Rico created an overpowering presence in both jail system and the street sale of narcotics. Back in 1997, Mireya Navarro of the New York Times wrote about the gangs of Puerto Rico and how they were taking over the prison system in his article titled “In the Prisons of Puerto Rico, Gangs Have the Upper Hand”. Navarro wrote about the corruption taking place as Puerto Rico 's most notorious gang, the Ñetas, were controlling and manipulating the jail system. The Ñetas are Puerto Rico’s largest and most expansive gang in Puerto Rico. They currently have more than 30,000 members worldwide and play a large role in the puerto rican drug trade.
Race and poverty were also side contributors that contributed to the bigger picture of the issue. Racial profiling in poor neighborhoods led to skyrocketing arrests of young black males, completely reversing the black to white ratio of incarcerated individuals. Prison overcrowding is a real issue in our nation, and we are five percent of the world’s population, yet house twenty-five percent of the world’s inmates (Austin, Irwin,
The issue of Gangs has received considerable critical attention and is a re-occurring topic on the news in the UK. This essay will critically discuss the notions around ‘gang girls’. Over the years there has been a vast amount of media attention around gangs and post code wars. However a majority of the gangs portrayed by the media over the years, have been male gendered. Leaving the question open: Are there only male gendered gangs on the local streets?
In urban areas is where gun violence makes the most damage since a large number of young minority males are killed or injured. Fear is increasing rapidly and it drives out businesses and disrupts community social life. Research has connected urban youth gun violence to gang conflicts, street drug markets, and gun availability. Youth gun violence is usually concentrated among groups of serious offenders and in very specific places. Bernie Sanders, candidate for president, supports tight gun control.
Gang violence in Chicago was particularly significant during Prohibition. The gang violence in Chicago was led by none other than the notorious mobster, Al Capone. Capone was not alone, however, in bringing gang violence to Chicago. Many other mobsters, hitmen, policeman and politicians joined with Capone in activities that led to the deterioration of the rule of law in Chicago. The conditions of Chicago during Prohibition made gang violence especially severe.
The belief that vigilantism is justifiable becomes reinforced by pop culture, through Batman, Dexter and Died Hard. The fact that there are more criminals the police officers, and more crimes than the system can handle, persists in the human conscious. Pseudo vigilantism also finds a clash, between actual police and civilian vigilantes. In Seattle, Phoenix Jones dresses up in black tights and dons a red mask to protect his city, but Jones is routinely arrested and has even gone to trial for assault (Moore, 2009). George Zimmerman’s trial was national headlines for weeks, as the legality of his vigilantism was debated.
We learned that over the last 40 years the police department of the City of Miami and Miami- Dade County have experienced their share of civil disturbances. To illustrate, there have four cases of race riots between both police departments which led to innovation to be involved in their pursuits to better their responses. These were the race riots in 1968, the Liberty City Riot, 1980, the McDuffie Riot, 1982 Luis Alvarez Riots, and 1989 Loranzo Riots within the Liberty City over town areas. However, the article stated that these riots were resulted by either police shooting of young black men, or thanks to the federal government the deporting of a young Cuban boy. Thus, it was not until the civil arrest of the 1980’s McDuffie Riot which seemed
Murder.. All these crimes represent a multi-billion dollar industry and they pose a threat not only to communities on both sides of the border, but to our national security as well. United States Side Of The Border: kidnappings, corruption issues, and the illegal drug trade that goes through. The cash that 's flowing south, the weapons that are flowing south, and the drugs that are flowing north. Many illegal immigrants dig holes underground to get into the United States while smuggling drugs into the United States. The crime has gone up more than 40% over the past 6 years.
There was already heavy gang presence in Los Angeles, predominantly Mexican-American and African-American gangs. Seeking protection and lacking stable families of their own, Central American kids began drawing together for protection, and eventually created two separate gangs, Mara Salvatrucha and the rival 18th Street gang that have by now become powerful international criminal
Rodney King was beat severely by police after high speed chase he had with the police. Rodney King was a black man that led to the case being a race issue, also another reason for the riots. The case of Rodney King was special because it was witnessed by a bystander and recorded the incident and sent it to the local news station. Three officers who part took in the beating of Rodney king were charged with assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force, the last officer was only charged with assault with a deadly weapon which may have been the cause to the violent riots where there were many deaths and damages to business. The case of Rodney King sparked awareness of police brutality and forced many changes in policing, but as years pass by we see the use of excessive force coming up again which makes the use of excessive force an ever growing
Political Factors are also considered as an important reason for gang violence. One of the reasons for people joining gangs is to find an alternative to earn money. Gangs include a lot of publicly feared members and members that has links to business elites and politicians. However, there is always a cost for earning money through gangs. Gangs often choose to rob or steal money from institutions and individuals which includes major risks.