Gang Violence In Urban Minority Communities

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Gang violence is an increasing problem in Urban Minority Communities. Young people are dropping out of schools in record numbers, and higher percentages of the population are withdrawing from the labor force. The more people that drop out can turn their heads to joining a gang. Those that don’t find work can find themselves joining a gang and doing crime to fill their time. The number of young people joining gangs are increasing and more crime will happen as a result. The perception of gangs has changed over time, there is more violence, and the majority of juveniles are young people. Young minority males are unfairly stereotyped, leading to racial profiling of groups consisting of young males. Between 1984 and 1993, the number of homicides committed by juveniles increased by 169 percent, representing an increase in the number of gang related crime. Between 1989 and and 1995, the number of students reporting gang violence in their school increased from 15 to 28 percent.
Gangs have been in existence ever since the rise of humanity. Humans have always banded together for mutual protection and support and to better dominate the others ( teen violence
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Joining a gang in adolescence has significant consequences in adulthood beyond criminal behavior, even after a person leaves a gang. Even after young adults leave a gang they still pursue in criminal activity. A vast majority has left gangs long ago but the consequences stuck with them long term. Those who joined a gang were ages 27 to 33 they were more likely to receive income from illegal sources and more than twice as likely to have been incarcerated in the previous year. You can end up getting caught dealing illegal drugs and the troubles won’t be worth it. You can never leave peacefully because you’re always on the lookout and paranoid. Joining a gang may sound good but things could happen to prevent you from

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