In other words, these youngsters did not want other gangs to take over their property. In some cases, violence may occur when the gang must shield itself from the threats of others (Padilla 1996: 13). This example supports Padilla’s thesis because these youngsters are unable to connect with other peers and other gangs, so they turn to their gang to defend what is rightfully their
They end up having nothing and have nowhere else to turn but to the streets. The system makes the juveniles lives harder by the situations that they end up in once they are out of jail. Police make them seem as if they are already criminals so why not be the people that the system sees them as. Teenagers in OPP do not get the correct medical treatment (Josh). The ways that they are treated and how they receive no help is ashame because that is not how people should be treated no matter where they are.
Indianapolis has had help from undercover police to identify gang members in schools and steer them away. They turn them away from gangs, stopping the gang activity before it evolves into a bigger problem (Cahn, “Under The Radar”). Even if juveniles are misguided, the police still care about them and try their hardest to help them succeed. Even if police say they care, some still argue that police waste money getting only small amounts of drugs off the street which is inefficient at stopping drug use, and end up ruining teenagers’ lives (Newman,. "How an Attractive, Undercover Cop Posed as a Student”).
The poem “On Some Streets” by Sarah Cortez asserts a fact that often goes unnoticed. The free verse’s imagery reveals how many kids, specifically those who live in poverty-stricken neighborhoods, feel about cops and their community’s authority. Kids end up growing up to associate cops as the enemy, almost like you should be afraid of the cops because they are out to get you. But shouldn’t they look up to them and view them as their community’s leaders and protectors? Cops are supposed to make us feel safe, but that doesn’t seem to be the case these days.
Inner city neighborhoods are often thought of as a place of violence. People appear tough, and they act against others before others can act against them. While their way of life may seem odd to those of that did not grow up in the inner city, I believe that the code of the street acts as informal social control. How an individual acts or looks can have serious consequences, and sometimes those consequences can be deadly. The code of the street is simply a response to unemployment, available jobs that pay less than living wage, and a general lack of hope.
The theory that first stands out to me is the routine activity theory, although I don’t think the classic theory as a whole is necessarily true because it says crime is always a voluntary choice. I think when juveniles commit crime their usually is a reason they are acting out, however according to the text the routine activity theory says that crime is closely related to three things which are suitable targets, absence of capable guardians, and the presence of motivated offenders. I think the biggest one is the absence of capable guardians, when parents are too busy for their children they don’t create a routine for their kids, leaving them with more free time, therefore if they are feeling lonely or feeling like they are missing something they will act out towards easy targets. Q 4. which of the individual explanations do you believe offer the best solutions for preventing crime and delinquency today? The positive activity theory offers the best solution for preventing crime and delinquency.
It has always been considered that working class delinquents make up a gang due to the fact that they are socially strained. In his book Delinquent Boys (1955) Albert Cohen described a gang as a ‘delinquent subculture’ and found that they tended to be formed by lower class boys who cannot meet the goals of society and so create their own value system which rejects mainstream societal norms. In agreeance with Cohen, Cloward and Ohlin (1960) feel that people are strained due to their class and feel anger at being excluded so the solution is to reject middle class means. Miller (1958) adapted the Cohen’s ‘delinquent’ subcultural theory and also agreed that gangs were an extension of the lower class. Therefore it can be assumed that due to being blocked by opportunities, gangs are formed as a criminal subculture and different values are adopted.
Law Enforcement Relationships Communities have been impacted greatly due to the relationships between police officers and young gang members. The reason why it comes down to the communities is because they feel endangered with gang activity throughout the streets. Quite often police officers are involved but most of the time they don’t do much. People have this resentment towards officers mainly because of the point of view. The Law Enforcement has no positive influence on teen gang members due to teenagers mentality, lack of trust between teenagers and police officers and the way the officers handle the situation.
In poor neighborhoods conflict is often resolved via violence because that is the only way they know how to handle the situation. Also in poor neighborhoods there are gangs, drug dealers, and no positive role models around to influence the community. Most African American parents are not as strict on their children as to watch they view on television. Seeing violence and crime on television, can result in the child’s behavior in the real world. Growing up in poverty with a single parent, leaves young adults to provide for themselves through a life of crime and violence within the streets.
In today 's society, teenagers have the opportunity to get into a lot of trouble. Many teens have to cope with the temptation of doing drugs and joining gangs; however, a curfew will not stop them. Teenagers already do many illegal things, showing a blatant disregard for the laws already implemented. Setting a curfew in place will not reduce the trouble teens get into; it will just be another law that teenagers break. Many people would argue that implementing a curfew will eliminate all of the temptations teenagers have to face.
The huge bulk of juveniles don’t commit serious offenses or minor offenses. Certain will commit status offenses, which convey to their age, like smoking cigarettes and marijuana, consumption liquor, running away from home. Juveniles commit grave offenses for lots of causes. They may have a core alcohol or drug issue. Females with mental illness are further likely to hurt themselves.