The very people whose job is to protect society will deceive people to make illegal money. The politicians that society elects are no better than the corrupt police officers when he or she takes payoffs from organized crime group. Television programs have made me think about organized crime groups as only large groups that make big money. The neighborhood gang is an organized crime group that disrupts the neighborhood and has no respect for members of the community. Movies like American Gangster made me more interested in learning about organized crime groups.
Most common people would look at these organization leaders as heroes. Criminals like Al Capone, Bonnie and Clyde, and John Dillinger were most prominently looked at by the people in this era. Criminal organizations kept their illegal operations secret, and member’s conferred by word of mouth. Any gangs that became sufficiently systematic were called organized. The act of engaging in criminal activity as a structured group is referred to in the United States as racketeering.
General Strain Theory “Strain theories state that certain strains or stressors increase the likelihood of crime. These strains lead to negative emotions, such as frustration and anger.” (Agnew& Scheverman, 2010) This theory really focuses on who someone deals with certain stressors happening in their life. If someone is angry will they handle the situation in a calm/ prosocial way or a violent/criminal way? I find this theory interesting because stress plays a role in everyone’s daily life, and I am a strong believer in there being a reason for everyone’s actions. I think that a lot of criminals engage in criminal behavior because they are dealing with some pretty intense stuff and they use crime as a way to handle the situation they are in.
Gang involvement is becoming a big issue today. It has been associated negatively with criminal acts and deviance. One of their major targets for recruitment are young teens to run their errands. In this essay I will talk about what it means to be in a gang and the different theories that could explain as to how and why young people are being involved into gang memberships and gang related crimes. I will be exploring Edwin Sutherlands Differential association and will talk about how gang and criminal behaviour is learned just like anything else.
Gangs are defined as an organized group of people, generally between the ages of 12-24, who come together in order to engage in criminal activity (Siegel, 2013, p. 215). Gangs are most well known for their antisocial behavior, criminal activity, and ability to induce fear into the communities in which they live. Three common forms of these activities are: property delinquency, violent delinquency, drug delinquency. Property delinquency in gangs varies greatly. It may be something as simple as spray painting graffiti on buildings in their turf or as damaging as vandalizing buildings and cars.
In the movie Jon Legend showed how society view kids from inner society of will not do will within our education system because of their background. What I mean by that is our society tends to judge kids from inner city based of their living standards and the neighborhood they live in. Having a negative view on inner city kid’s black and Hispanic children’s. Another example of external social pressure is business in small communities. Businesses in small communities have to positive images by contributing to the community and following social standards.
hip-hop has long been the focus of a public dispute surrounding violent music. Hip-hop is closely associated with low-level criminality. A number of highly successful hip hop artists have been attacked or killed as a result of feuds within the industry and links between managers, promoters, and criminal gangs. censorship of pornographic material prevents the corrupting of the children. And the religious conflicts are avoided by the censorship of material deemed insulting of offensive to a particular religious community.
Corrections programs aim to treat and restore delinquent youths rather than punish them for their actions. Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania offers the Community Service Work Program which focuses on balanced and restorative justice. This focus addresses the needs of the victim, the offender, and the community by utilizing victim restoration, youth redemption, and community protection. Community service has proven to be an effective method of mending victim and community harm while building positive life skills in juveniles. The activities in the program are aimed to assist the juvenile in building empathy and recognition for the
I would consider unorganized crime to be crimes such as assault, drug dealing, murders, aggravated assault, rape, and robbery (Types of crime, 2013). Organized crimes on the other hand, are crimes thoroughly thought out and careful executed to gain wealth and power within the crime world. I would consider organized crimes to be crimes such as weapons smuggling, drug trade, prostitution, illegal gambling, or money laundering (Type of crimes, 2013). The difference in the two forms of crime are unorganized is a crime committed with little to no thought and organized crime are thought through. With two group different form of crime come two different types of individuals who commit these crimes.
Juvenile probation is the career I am most interested in. As I was growing up in a ghetto and urban environment, where gangs and drugs are all around it can be easy for a young teenager to go down the wrong path. I have made mistakes that could have put me in jail and might have even ruined my future. But with the help of family and role models I was able to change my ways for the better. Lots of adolescents don’t have the family support to let them know that there is a better life outside of their community.