In the United States, every year there are around 2,000 gang-related homicides and in the realistic fiction novel, The Outsiders, by S.E Hinton, it explores the issues of gang violence, and teenagers in gangs. Around 40% of all members in gangs are teenagers, who are getting involved in some dangerous things very early in life. In the novel The Outsiders, the “Greasers” which is a gang of all teenagers, fight other gangs and commit serious crimes such as murder. We as a society need to pinpoint why teenagers join gangs and stop them beforehand. We also need to help people get out of gangs if they are already in one. There is a number of reasons that range from simple to complex, on why teenagers join gangs, and we can help by finding solutions to their specific problem before they choose to join one. To help someone get out of a gang, we as a society need to show there’s more out there in the world that they could do that will make a positive impact.
Gangs may have started in urban areas, but have spread to suburban and rural areas all over the United States. Gangs are all over the world, but I will concentrate on gangs in the United States. Both female gangs and street gangs seem to arise because of the poverty in their home lives, their search for personal identity of self, reciprocal interaction among the members and a sense of rapport with each other. The gang becomes their replacement family and they then become very protective of each other. Loyalty is an important part of being a gang member and when one becomes unloyal they are either punished or ostracized from the
In Policing Gangs in America, Charles Katz and Vincent Webb discuss the issues that take place within American Gangs today. This book goes into great detail on how the gang officers work and the different kind of atmosphere they work in. Their job isn’t like other law enforcement jobs. It’s one of the more dangerous occupations in the Criminal Justice system. These gang officers focus on how they react to public gang issues. The chapters of the book go through different aspects of this job.
There is multiple ways a gang communicates with its members, and it’s different with each clique. The language is different, yet means the same thing. They have codes that they use with their hands. They stay loyal to the gang or they die, they take care of their own. Every member is well taken care of within the group which is the misconception for some who join. Be in a gang and become a part of a family, a brotherhood, make more money than they would with an average job; for most immigrants in California jobs would be becoming a gardener, moving furniture around, manual labor at factories, etc. They
The word gang may make individuals quiver, as gangs are associated with gruesome criminal activities. Formation of gangs and gang violence is a global crisis. Some of the most notorious gangs are located in; Europe, Asia and Africa. However, the majority is located in the Americas, namely; Bloods, Crips, Aryan Brotherhood, and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), (Rodriguez, 2005). It is said that the rise of gangs in American came after the end of the American Revolution (Howell & Moore, 2010). A Gang is defined as “a group of criminals or hoodlums who band together for mutual protection and profit” (Gang, 2014). It is said that most of the notorious gangs in America were originated in California, this is attributed to the enormous amount of immigrants
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.
There are three major periods in the development of the penal institution that Irwin discusses. The first one, he terms as “The Big House”. Basically, this era had a prison that is the typical prison in all of the movies. It was a walled prison with large cell blocks that contained stacks of three or more tires of one or two man cells. (Irwin) This “big house” stood as the state’s most extreme form of punishment, directly before the death penalty. Many prisoners were black or other non-white races, but most in the Big Houses outside the South were white. Blacks were housed in special sections, special cell blocks, or at least with cell partners of the same race. They were the ones who help menial jobs. Blacks and whites seem to be segregated in all of their prison life in the Big Houses. After World War II, many states replaced Big Houses with correctional institutions. (Irwin) Correctional institutions were organized differently, housed different types of prisoners, and nurtured different prison social worlds. (Irwin) Due to the growing body of college-educated employees and administers of prisoners, parole, and probations, the government was convinced
Gender differences of youth gang membership in America’s society has drawn attention within many of the social scientists for the need to research multiple differences into gang and non-gang membership in America. The purpose of this paper is to analysis the differences of the social learning theory of the quantitative data reported from two separate articles.
The concept of gangs is a simple, but complex as the mind of man slips further away from logic due to social issues becoming a gateway to violence. Gangs have become a scapegoat to identity and power due to those stuck in poverty and those who are vilified by society in the middle class. The psychology of gangs is perplexing today more than ever, it has moved from a need for something to a suicidal mission which can put every one at risk. The sociological structure develops this mind set as social issues with friends, family, and the self which leads one to essentially be suicidal for a type of because they can feel comfortable dying in. These concepts give fuel to an eternal loop of hatred and grief which only incites more idolization of gangs
In the past, the word “Gang” was used to describe a group of people who banded together to form a type of club. However, in modern times it has a much more negative meaning. “Gang” now refers basically to “a group of people coming together for some criminal action or other antisocial purpose (Erkan 2012)”. The United States became known for gangs in certain areas around the year 2011. With over a million people involved in gangs, and more that 33 thousand gangs here in the states.
In addition, gang violence is a consequence of today’s drug trade. As of 2012 the Los Angeles Police Department reported across the Los Angeles County, there have been “a total of 39,435 arrests associated with drugs, and 923 deaths aftermath of gang related violence. The illegal drug market in Los Angeles is one of the most profitable, and most violent, across the country” (LAPD). Drugs and gangs tend to integrate perfectly, gangs use drugs to illegally make money; as a result, it kills the competition and gains street credibility in the process. Moreover, it is in the streets where the brutality takes place, gang wars are started because of greed and power over turf. Each gang operates certain territories/corners, even so LAPD suggests “there’s constantly gangs that become
Gangs has their own culture and characteristics that includes their dress codes, identifying symbols, language, graffiti, drugs use &trafficking, use of other narcotics, and involvement in other illegal activities. However the nature and characteristics of gangs differ from community to community. Gangs however are found to be more prevalent in high crime areas and are also responsible for the majority of crimes committed.
Throughout the 17th-century gangs have been causing havoc in people's life and destroying the society. The National Institute of Justice (2011) has defined a gang as "A group of collective members which create an atmosphere of intimidation among citizens." Many of these gangs are well organized, using different forms of violence to control neighbourhoods and to conduct their illegal activities. The National Gang Threat Assessment (2011) reports that “Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions.” Street Gangs have caused incidences of violence that is confined in the inner city of many countries. Most gangs are made up of young males that are of a similar background and have a desire of acquiring