Running head: ASIAN AND LATINO YOUTH GANGS
Asian and Latino Youth Gangs and their Impact on the Communities and the Criminal Justice System
CJ 228: Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
Professor: Edward James
April 17, 2010
Asian and Latino Youth Gangs, their impact on their Communities and the Criminal Justice System
Gang-related statistics are maintained sporadically across the nation; make it difficult for law enforcement agencies to obtain an exact measurement of gang violence. The lack of a national definition of “gang” and the national trend of gang problems throughout our cities and towns continue to be a problem for law enforcement and communities. Only estimates of the actual number of gangs and gang members across the United States exist (2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, p ix). The changing demographics of Asian and Latino youth gangs in some small towns and rural areas may contribute to the emergence or escalation of gang problems. (2005 NYGC, Bulletin No 1, p.1) New and emergent trends in criminal activity will surface as gang migration occurs at an increasing level crossed the country. Communities will feel the impact of gangs in their neighborhoods as it becomes unsafe for their children to live there. (2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, p 36). Gangs will move into jurisdictions where law enforcement may have less knowledge of their activities and culture and may not have the support to combat them (2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, p 7). Asian and Latino gangs are associated with organized crime entities, such as Mexican drug organizations, and Asian criminal groups (2005 National Gang Threat Assessment, p VI). The Latinos is the fastest growing ethnic group in the United States; this ethnic group has grown to be the second largest group in the country, to approximately 40 million in 2003(The Tomas Rivera policy Institute, 2004) (2005 NYGC, Bulletin No 1, p.1). The rapid growth of immigrant population groups is...