Youth Gangs: Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Future? Essay by Yuji

Youth Gangs: Today's Kids, Tomorrow's Future?
A look at the topic of youth gangs including juvenile laws and the reasoning behind why youths join gangs.
# 62196 | 1,257 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Nov 13, 2005 in Education (Social Issues) , Criminology (Juvenile Justice) , Sociology (General)

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This paper examines how youth crime is increasing and how, although violent crime by juveniles is decreasing; younger juveniles account for a substantial proportion juvenile arrests and the juvenile court caseload. It looks at the history and the organization within the youth gang and the different developmental pathways to delinquency. It also discusses some of the laws effecting juvenile delinquents.

From the Paper:

"It seems that as the years go by, we hear about so many crimes committed by youths. One memorable crime that comes to mind is the shooting at Columbine High School that happened on April 20, 1999 in Littleton, Colorado. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris were associated with a group called the "trenchcoat" mafia. This group is made out of students that are an outcast from the school. When the shooting occurred, it was targeted to athletics. The athletics were popular and had great social influence at the school, which was one of the main reasons that the "trenchcoat" mafia hated. This is an example of youth gang and a horrific crime that they committed. 14 students and 1 teacher died from the shooting. It was clear that when Dylan and Eric planned for the shooting, they were going to kill all the athletics."

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