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.
Yet the law fails to distinguish between adolescents/children and adults when it comes to spending the rest of their lives in prison for crimes they have committed before their 18th birthday. Adolescents/children who break the law must be held accountable, however we cannot give up on the possibility that a still developing young person will reform. Justice and financial responsibility both demand a more thoughtful approach. When adolescents/children commit crimes, does he/she instantly become an adult? Or does he maintain some of his/her childhood, despite his/her actions?
Many people are afraid to walk down their streets these days and parents whose kids join gangs often do not know how to handle this situation or how to help them out of this lifestyle. Many of the young teenagers joining a gang end up in prison destroying their futures. As many gangs perform violent crimes that affect a lot of people, it is important to understand the causes of why they form, why kids are eager to join them and what can be done to prevent them from doing this. The functionalist perspective is a good angle to look at this problem and shows how the breakdowns of various social institutions are leading to gangs and why kids join them. This perspective holds that problems of social institutions
It also talks about how the different community organization factors that affect children within the community. It says that one of the most important factors is the ability of the community to supervise and control the teenage peer groups. Sampson believes that origins of many gangs are the failure of supervision of these teenage playgroups. In section III Sampson talks about the way the community is organized culturally and how that affects the normal behavior of the member of the community and how this relates to violence. In this section he also talks about the community’s social isolation and how that is related to crime in the community.
", 2014). Reactive patrol also involves the follow-up investigations required to gain additional information to prosecute. In other words, it consists of police waiting for crime and then going to the scene to try to apprehend the suspect or suspects. As a result, the officer has lowered the crime rate by using undercover operations, asking questions, and the use of other tactics ("What Is Reactive Patrol? ", 2014).
Informative Speech SPCH1315 Dr.Donnie Kirk Gang Injunction TITLE: Gang Injunction INTRODUCTION/ATTENTION: In the words of Rodney King “Can’t we all just get along” today. PREVIEW: Modern day crime has detoured and deprived our youth from a promising education. Gangs stunt our children’s future by preying on their vulnerabilities. Nationwide, law enforcement has cracked down and come up with new ideas to suppress gangs. The most controversial idea law enforcement agents have come up with is that of gang injunctions.
Alex Jackson Mrs. Aspers English 3-4 H, BK.4 29 March 2008 Gang Violence Thesis: Gang Violence has been threatening the progression of our society due to the fear that has been put in everyone’s eyes. I. Background on gangs and the controversy they cause. A. Gang violence is a major issue in the world today B.
The last and most important theory has to be the labeling theory. With criminal charges on a student it can change the way educational institutions view a student. Kirk and Sampson believe that due to school safety students with a criminal history may be asked to leave the school they are currently attending and attend a special program for juvenile offenders. The main point to Kirk and Sampson’s study is to determine whether juvenile arrests impact the decision of high school dropout and future college enrollment. Now to conduct this study, Kirks and Sampson used a multiple- wave research design that included data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago
Serious violent juveniles should be removed from their homes and institutionalized. This is a get tough strategy that may acquire the attention of the juveniles and cause them to want to make a change in their lives. There are proposals being made about serious violent juveniles and the best solution on how to deal with them. Youth detention centers are being used across the United States to house juveniles who are serious violent juveniles and need extra attention. Youth detention centers are facilities that punish juveniles but they also offer them rehabilitative programs while housed in the facility.
Certain law enforcement agencies help and participate in intervention programs. The officers talks to the juveniles and gives them a tour of the jails. This gives the juveniles a firsthand look at where his or her life is headed if they continue to lead the life that he or she is. Everyone knows that one of the negative outcomes to criminal activities is jail time. Many of them do not receive the opportunity to see the life behind bars and therefore if given the opportunity to it could be an eye