Essay On Street Gang

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STREET GANG AS COMMUNITY

Social deviants are a part of the community and, if crime is to be reduced and the general health of society is to be improved, their perspectives must be considered. A street gang may be defined as a community. The members may live in the same area, they may be friends, they may share the same language and religious beliefs, they may have a common objective, and the group may be intentionally formed. Indeed, a gang may improve the quality of life for some, while diminishing the quality of life for others. It all depends on whose perspective is being used as reference. For example, during the 1980s, there was a civil war in El Salvador and over one million Salvadoran refugees entered the U.S. (Werner, 2007). Many of these Salvadoran refugees entered the ghettos of
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The MS-13 gang is becoming more structured and organized than ever before, proving to be effective business opportunists (Cosby, 2006; McLemore, 2006). They are quite diverse in their crimes, preying on law abiding citizens and law breakers alike. For example, some of their crimes involve prostitution rings, dealing drugs, extortion, robbery, contract killings, alien smuggling, and protecting drug lords. In short, the MS-13 does meet the definition of a gang.

The MS-13 gang members are so violent that they attack police officers, other gang members, and brutally murder innocent women and children with machetes (Cosby, 2006; McLemore, 2006; Poe, 2006). Because the MS-13 members engage in violence so casually, even hardened police offers are intimidated; MS-13 gang members have placed bullets on the doorsteps of police officers’ with the officers’ names on them. In addition, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has recently warned its officers that they could be targeted by MS-13 assassins. In short, the federal government has declared the MS-13 a national security
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