Williams and Dickinson (1993) found British newspapers devote up to 30% of their news space to crime. However while the mass media show interest in crime they give a distorted image of crime, criminals, and policing. For example compared to the picture of crime we gain from official statistics the media over represent violent and sexual crime. For example Ditton and Duffy (1983) found that 46% of media reports were about violent or sexual crimes, yet these made up only 3% of all crimes recorded by the police. The media portray criminals and victims as older and more middle class than those found typically in the criminal justice system.
POLICE MISCONDUCT IN NARCOTICS: A Closer Look into the Corruption of Policing By Gregory Agoglia ASU College of Public Programs Abstract: The purpose of this research is to see whether there is a relationship between the location of agencies and the number of corrupt officers within certain regions. To do this, we sent out a survey all over the country and even did some field studies. The main reason the survey was done is because we wanted to find out if corruption in policing occurs mostly in rural or urban areas. We tried to do the study within a one month time period. The results showed that most of the corruption occurs in the urban areas, more specifically, in our nation’s capitol.
. Types of Crime The media report on violent crimes which include homicide, assault, robbery, sexual assault and kidnapping (Australian Institute of Criminology 2010). Sexual assault has increased along with general assault, whereas homicide has decreased, yet the media tend to report homicide more frequently than assault cases. In Britain, 40% of crime news on BBC radio was murder or death. On television 53% of all crime stories on ITN and BBC were murder and death (Cumberbotch 1995; 25).
2 But I wonder why young teenagers and kids still want to be in gangs? Orienting Material 1 Although once thought to be an inner-city problem, gang violence has spread to communities throughout the United States. 2 At last count, there were more than 24,500 different youth gangs around the country, and more than 772,500 teens and young adults were members of gangs 3 Youth gangs are responsible
TRANSITION: Let’s look at the statistics of gang violence On page 161 of the California Law Review, Crawford claims that “no state is more affected by gang violence than California, which contains more than one-third of all gang members in the United States and attributes more than twenty five percent of all its homicides to gang activity.” With these high crime numbers, law enforcement agencies were forced to come up with new and inventive ways to prevent gang violence. I. First gang Injunction A: In 1987 Los Angeles introduced California’s first gang injunction and a state-wide injunction was issued soon afterwards. B: Many people quickly became outraged and started claiming that gang injunction ordinances violate their first Amendment Right. C: Citizens in California’s gang ridden areas have begun to feel like “prisoners in their own homes.
According to data from the United States and other industrialized countries, property and violent crime rise rapidly in the teenage years to a peak at about ages 16 and 18, respectively, with a decline thereafter until old age (Hirschi & Gottfredson 1983, Farrington 1986, Flanagan & Maguire 1990)”. Many people are likely to be the victim of a crime at some time in their life for example: car theft, electronic thefts or serious cases, a rape or murder. Many people who do not become victims and the people who do will be the criminals of crime. Crime seems to commonly be motivated by drug use and the need to purchase illegal drugs. At the same time, the increase of adults including many young people, are most likely get involved in regular drug use.
Gang membership is increasing and the criminal street gang is recruiting members at young age. The gang acts as a second family to the youth, providing drugs, money and protection. Criminal gang membership increased as much as 40 percent in the United States during the past three years, according to an FBI report released Friday. An estimated 1.4 million people are active in more than 33,000 street, prison and outlaw motorcycle gangs across the country, the report states. That compares to about 1 million gang members when the investigative agency last compiled such figures in January 2009.
In February of 2008 it was reported that there was about 67 street gangs active in the city of Norfolk alone. In an article dated February 2008, it was stated that the “Bounty Hunter Bloods” (one of the 67 gangs in the Norfolk area) raise money through drug trafficking, robbery and burglary, and engage in violent acts, including kidnapping and attempted murder. The gang operates mostly out of the Ocean View, Little Creek and Norview sections of the city, and uses threats and violence to promote a climate of fear (Roy, Matthew. Feb
Researchers involved with the experiment examined the songs for mention of drugs, behavior and contexts surrounding the mention of drugs, as well as attitudes and consequences stemming from the use of drugs. Research found that of the 38 most popular rap songs from 1979-1984 only 4 songs contained drug references, that is 11 percent. The percentage of rap songs with drug references jumped drastically in the early 90’s to 45 percent, this percentage increased to 69 percent of the top 125 songs between 1994 and 1997. The study also found that the way rap artist would allude to drugs changed with the years, early songs with drug references like “White lines” by Grandmaster Flash talked about the destructiveness of crack, cocaine in its freebase form. Although, this warning about the destructiveness of a drug like cocaine faded away in the early 90’s and rap artist began to portray the use of marijuana in their rhymes.
Task 1-Analysis Gun Crime Statistics for Newham East London I have selected statistics on gun crime in Newham East London from the official Metropolitan Police statistics, as the Borough of Newham has one of the highest recorded gun crime incident hot spots in London from September 2008 to September 2010 From the 12 months leading up to September 2009 there were 127 recorded incidents of guns being used this works out as an average of 10 incidents being reported a month. From 12 months leading up to September 2010 there were 200 recorded incidents of guns being used this works out as an average of 16 incidents being reported a month. In total this works out to be an increase of 57% from the previous year, this is a very significant increase in gun crime and must be addressed as if these statistics were to continue like this over the following years gun crime would be completely out of control. To draw further information from these statistics it would be very helpful to know such things as the size of the population of the Borough of Newham compared to the other Boroughs of London as this would give a better indication of the overall problem of gun crime in this area, also if there has been tensions between ethnic minorities there due to immigration of immigrants and also if the area is socially deprived and has a high unemployment rate and high levels of substance misuse leading to high levels of crime. Another problem could be gang related violence that has led to this increase in violence that would also have an effect on Newham’s neighbouring boroughs.