Urban Gangs The word thug dates back to India in the year 1200 AD and it refers to a gang of criminals (Thugs) that roamed the country pillaging towns. These Thugs had their own symbols, hand signs, rituals and slang. By the 1800's, Americans were fascinated with gangs and gangsters such as the James Gang was one of the most notorious gang during this era formed in New York City during the late 1890's and early 1900's. The next era of and the group that started the gangs we like to refer to as urban gangs was formed by mobsters such as Al Capone, flourished during the 1920's and 30's gangs became a symbol of lower income neighborhoods and ethnic ghettos. During the early 1940's, Mexican gangs stated to formed along the west coast of the United States By the late 1960's and early 1970's, the more modern urban gangs we still see today such as the Crips gang in Los Angeles were it is so violent and entrenched in ghetto neighborhoods that a rival gangs formed to challenge the strength of the Crips know today as the Bloods.
The extent of gangs/drugs A proliferation in gangs will also mean a growth in drug and violence in our community’s and threatening society in general. There are more than 731,000 active gang members in the United States, most of which are active with drug distribution. Gangs will and have shown themselves notorious and without regard to society and family. Street gangs employ violence to control drug activities and even targeting local businesses with extortion. Violence ensures that members adhere to the gang’s code of conduct.
Introduction Gangs and gangsters have been in existence for several centuries already. Some historians say that the word thug started in India in the year 1200 AD. At that time the word thug meant a gang of criminals that roamed the country pillaging towns in their course. (Lou Savelli, 2001) In the United States, gang problems are said to have started in 17th Century when the migration started. In the 18th Century, gang problem became worse as the new generation of immigrants continue to enter the United States.
The mafia had split the U.S.A. into separate territories, with one gang controlling each territory, but there was always internal conflict going on throughout these territories, with mob bosses being deposed and replaced all the time. The mafia had control over all the speakeasies and bootleg alcohol during the prohibition period and made millions from it, which was used to help them commit horrific attacks on other gangs which any normal person would get a life imprisonment for. One of these crimes is the ‘St .Valentine’s Day Massacre’ committed by Al Capone. The mafia is one of the most famous organisations in the world, due to its infamous activities during the 20th Century. Prohibition was the Eighteenth Amendment to
When he and others reached the mean streets of the L.A. ghetto, Mexican gangs preyed on them. The newcomers' response: to band together in a mara, or "posse," composed of salvatruchas, or "street-tough Salvadorans" (the "13" is a gang number associated with southern California). Over time, the gang's ranks grew, adding former paramilitaries with weapons training and a taste for atrocity. MS-13 eventually adopted a variety of rackets, from extortion to drug trafficking. When law enforcement cracked down and deported planeloads of members, the deportees quickly created MS-13 outposts in El Salvador
They find the situation overwhelming, and the violence continues. 1 No groups completely fitting the above description of gangs existed in America until the early 1800s. But from the beginning of the European settlement in America, there was ganglike activity, especially when class distinctions came into being. Gang members tended to be from the poor classes and tended to be from the same race or ethnic background. They banded together for protection, recreation or financial gain.
Also, they might do severe criminal activities such as drug trafficking, money laundering, and murders. To illustrate with one example, Katie Kennedy argued that El Salvador, a Central American country, has the highest number of homicides by gangs in Latin America; approximately 8 of 12 deaths are caused by these groups (5). Gangs are a major problem in El Salvador and in order to eradicate it there are some steps to follow. The opening aspect that El Salvador needs to face is about the need of support from the families to the young people. The family is the foundation of the society.
Gangs function with the methodology of creating strategic allies that will help them further their own destructive agendas. Prison gangs have been around since the late 50’s and 60’s mainly for the reason of inmate security. Security became an increasing concern as the violence escalated in the prison systems. In reaction, groups became to form largely on the basis of race and creed. You have the Aryan Brotherhood or “AB” which consists almost
With the two criminals being from different areas of the world and born in different eras, it has a large effect on the style of their corrupt actions. Born in 1899, Al Capone was around many gang members as a young kid. He grew up in a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. He dropped out of school and then began interacting with serious criminals involved in the mafia lifestyle. Al Capone got arrested in 1918 for disorderly conduct.
Effects of Organized Crime on Our Society Stephanie Garner Martin Methodist College CJ 360 Effects of Organized Crime on Our Society Organized crime is a group of people who commit various levels of criminal actions along with having some type of criminal relationship with public officials or lawyers (Woodiwiss, 2005). Organized crime was not always in the United States. Sicilian and Italian mafia members became prominent in the United States around the time of prohibition (Woodiwiss, 2005). There are many different words people use to describe organized crime. The most used one is mafia, which is a term from Sicily meaning a secret criminal society (Nicaso & Danesi, 2013).