A gang is a group of people who join together to serve the same purpose and engage in violent and criminal behavior. Gangs are formed together for protection and have the sense of belonging. Gang members usually vary between the ages of eleven and twenty-five and generally operate under some form of leadership while claiming a territory. There are many types of crimes committed, which include robbery, vandalism, assault, drug trafficking, and murder. Distinctive clothing, the use of special street names, language, symbols, tattoos, and the committing of organized and spontaneous criminal acts describe some of the characteristics of a gang (The Gang Threat, 1).
This paper was based largely on findings generated from the NEW-ADAM (New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring) programme on gang membership and its relation to crime and drug misuse. Evidence of gangs increasing in the UK Over the last few years, there have been a number of reports from newspapers, local agencies and national bodies describing problems associated with increasing numbers of gangs in the UK. A report by Manchester City Council estimated that over 1,000 young people in Greater Manchester were ‘gang involved’ (Shropshire and McFarquhar 2002). One national newspaper estimated there were as many as 30,000 gang members in England and Wales (Thompson 2002b). National newspapers have reported the spread of different types of gangs, including ‘Asian gangs’ (Thompson 2002a), ‘Turkish gangs’ (Thompson 2001b), ‘Albanian gangs’ (Hopkins 2002), ‘Black gangs’ (Barker 2003), ‘Drug gangs’ (Carter 2002) and ‘Girl gangs’ (Thompson 2001a).
How Homelessness and Drug Use Affects Crime Rate Crime is on the rise. Drug use is on the rise. Homelessness is on the rise. Jails and prisons are overcrowded and big city neighborhoods are being abandoned by families moving to smaller cities. Crime in the United States increased by 15 percent last year, and property crime was up by 12 percent according to a recently released government survey (Durden, 2013).
In the 20s’ it was more about bootlegging, fraud, prostitution rings, etc. Nowadays modernized crime has increased to cyber hacking, large amounts of drug dealing, and human trafficking, etc. During the 1920s’ a famous criminal, Al Capone nicknamed Scarface, was born in Brooklyn on January 17, 1899. (Blackwood) When starting his crime life he started pimping prostitutes and became a bouncer in brothels. From there he started earning over 100,000 dollars per week.
Why would these numbers be so high I ask myself? The only thing I can think of is that there might have been a lot of gang activity during this particular time frame and in that case that explains why the number of male homicides is much higher. It seems like males are more likely to join into gangs rather than females, although there are some females in gangs as well. Another contribution to the high homicides rates could have to do with drug usage. Depending on whether these people were in gangs or not, they could have been into drugs and if that is the case then their minds could have been under the influence and there could be that one chance that they aren’t all there at the time of committing the crime.
These are all very serious, very real forms of street crime that, although we may not notice, we see all the time. In England and Wales, street crime has risen by 10%. That means it’s 10% more likely to get offered drugs in the street. 10% more likely to get knocked over by a drunk driver. 10% more likely to get robbed in the street.
The Effect of the Family Membership in a street gang has an extremely detrimental effect on the lives of the young males who join them. Gang members “engage in more violent crimes and have more police contact than non-gang members” (Craig et al. 54) and are also more likely to engage in binge drinking and the use and sale of other drugs (Hawkins, Hill and Lui 1). Gang members also have a negative impact on their communities because of their proclivity towards crime. There are a lot of factors that can push someone towards gang membership, but the extremely young age of many gang members asks us what role does the young boy’s family play in his path to gang membership?
Gangs are usually identified as a group of (mostly young) people within their own cultural norms either by race, symbols, clothing or affiliation. They organise their lives in the streets, and claim a territory where they usually engage in criminal behaviours. How the public view gangs is based by the media and law enforcement who typically defines crime as an organized act. (UIC.EDU 2013) NZ police regard gangs as organized crime and defines it as “a continuing association of persons having as its object, or as one of its objects, the acquisition of substantial income or assets by means of a continuing course of criminal conduct”(NZ POLICE, 2013) this means that involvement to a gang is often tied to criminal activities. However this, does not mean that being in a gang automatically means that you are a criminal.
Police corruption has increased dramatically with the illegal cocaine trade, with officers acting alone or in-groups to steal money from dealers or distribute cocaine themselves. Large groups of corrupt police have been caught in New York, New Orleans, Washington, DC, and Methodology: Corruption within police departments falls into two basic categories, which are external corruption and internal corruption. In this report I will concentrate only on external corruption because it has been the larger center of attention recently. I have decided to include the fairly recent accounts of corruption from a few major cities, mainly Detroit and Dearborn, because that is where I have lived for all my life. My ideas and examples have come straight from the book, along with some.
Some people maybe do not know what gangsterism is all about, who is involve and what are the effects that will bring for those who are involved in this such of unmoral activities. From the New Oxford English-English-Malay dictionary, published by Penerbit Fajar Bakti Sdn. Bhd., the word gang is defined by a group of young people who join together in order to act against somebody while the definition of the gangster is a member of a group of criminals. In conclusion, gangsterism can be defined as the groups of men forming gangs in order to gain more power by control of gambling, loansharkings, drugs smuggler and supplier and also control the prostitution. Today a gang can be defined in four basic ways.