North American Non-Urban Areas and Youth Gangs Analytical Essay by Top Papers

North American Non-Urban Areas and Youth Gangs
An exploration of the problem of youth gangs in rural areas, and progress toward a solution.
# 132548 | 1,000 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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This paper describes the proliferation of youth gangs into rural areas, policing approaches, and the often missing context of youth gangs serving the interests of organized crime as make rural migration less surprising. Ironically, the paper explains, rural police can be more alert to connections to organized crime and more effective in direct approaches taken to early gang activity. The paper calls for researchers to address youth gangs in full context of business, cocaine supplies, organized crime, in which youth are used as distributors.

From the Paper:

"North Americans may see youth gangs as an urban phenomenon, part of a tendency to see violence, substance abuse and criminality as urban, not rural phenomena, when in fact no part of the United States or Canada is immune to gang activity. Weisheit & Wells interviewed 216 non-metropolitan police agencies across the U.S. on matters of gangs, most informants noting youth gang activity in non-metropolitan areas in drug sales, assaults, theft and burglary, vandalism and shootings whose imprint could be more dramatic than in larger cities. (2001:180) Also, some rural ..."

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