It allows the police departments to take proactive law enforcement action normally before the gang gets an organized structure. The gang can or may range from a loose knit group of individuals who hang around together and commit crimes together, to a formal organization with a leader or ruling council, gang colors, gang identifiers could be such as tattoos, and a gang name. In the textbook on page 145, “Islands in the Street: Urban Gangs in the United States, it says that the functions that gangs fulfill or motives for joining a gang is to possible to escape a broken home, but many members that join still interact with their families. So that must not be the only reason in some cases of why people join gangs. It also say its because of money, drugs, woman, to commit a crime, and for protection because its better than the police.
Introduction Monster: an Autobiography of an L.A. Gang tells the story of Kody Scott and how he joined and left the gang life. Kody Scott grew up in a world of violence, gangs, suffering, and in a life of struggle during the nineteen sixties and seventies. Kody was born into the gang life in South Central Los Angeles whether he liked it or not because of the corruption going on there at the time. Kody’s life would be greatly affected by the outnumbering gangs growing around the area where he lived.
Food, shelter, and money causes juveniles to turn to gangs. Areas with high gang activity forces/intimidates, (peer pressure), children to join gangs. Less popular juveniles join gangs to become cool or to claim the social letter. Gangs may present themselves as a means of survival to youth who lack basic essentials such as food, clothing and shelter (http://www.gangfree.org/gangs_why.html). Juveniles who live in low-income neighborhoods or poor neighbors join gangs for food, shelter, and money.
So that must not be the only reason in some case of why people join gangs. It may also say it’s because of money, drugs, woman to commit a crime, and for protection because it’s better than police. However teenagers are intrigued by the lifestyle of the gangsters and are most likely drawn to them like magnets, they will hang with them to try to prove themselves, and once they have proven themselves then they will be initiated. The initiation can be very brutal because some gangs will set a time limit of ten minutes in which time the inductee will be beat on by a set number of members, they are allowed to kick and punch. Some gangs rules where are allowed to hit the victim anywhere on the body, while others don’t allow blows to the heads because its easier to hide.
The life style of a gangster can seen easily as one of a career criminal, and in many cases this is true; the question that has to be posed is simply why, why would a juvenile chose that life style, one that is surely going to end with tragedy, the death of many friends, family, and almost certain imprisonment. This question I believe has one answer, yes it is complicated but let me explain; Male and Female juveniles alike are brought into this life style simply by means of close associations, some as close as siblings or cousins, and others as distant as childhood friends. The desire and attraction to this life style is stemmed from the lack of substance in the lives of these
A gang is an organization of like individuals with a leader that claims control over a territory and engages in illegal behavior. A prison gang originates in a correctional facility or prison. The Aryan Brotherhood, Black Guerrilla Family, and Texas Syndicate are a few of the major prison gangs. These gangs often branch out to other prisons due to transfers. These new gang chapters sometimes become rivals to the original gang (Major Prison Gangs).
WP2 Synthesis 7/6/2012 Gangs Gangs in the world today have been a major issue to all governments. Gangs will continue to be a problem in our world today because of an informal market, poverty and the youth today. Danny Malec wrote a review on Transforming Latino Gang Violence in the United States. In this article he believes and understands that due to the United States having an informal market, seduces the youth today by replacing family role models with gang members. Grossman agrees with Malec’s views, while taking a media strong stand point on this issue.
Situations such as this are what affects the teenage perspective of the police force. Teenagers and young adults are becoming more and more frequently involved in encounters with the police. The incident in London, Ontario is what causes many young individuals to fear law enforcement, yet police insist that they need to monitor teenagers more closely due to the brutal nature of some crimes committed by teens. In most cases, teenagers and young adults are more likely to conduct a crime then seniors or kids. Most of these crimes consist of robbery or even homicide, and are conducted mostly by a male.
Young people started to get involved in street gangs by working as street soldiers in drug distribution networks, arming themselves, and began to kill each other at a high rate. Fortunately, this event began to slow down in the mid-1990s. Violent crimes have been implicated with alcohol abuse in a substantial proportion of violent crimes. Although not given the concentrated public attention that abuse of illegal drugs has received, it continues to threaten public