The Impact of Gang Violence Persuasive Essay by Nicky

The Impact of Gang Violence
A literature review on the causes and impact of gang violence on the United States.
# 146409 | 3,182 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines several articles and studies that illustrate the relationship between America's decline in economic fortunes, its diminished attention to policy matters impacting urban poverty, its War on Drugs and its Mexican immigration policies with the persistence of gang violence on its streets. The paper shows how the gang organization creates a sense of solidarity and self-empowerment for many young people with few apparent alternatives. The writer of this paper expresses the hope that new policies will be instituted to address the violence, drug abuse, poverty, despair, racial division and political disenfranchisement which have encouraged gang membership.

From the Paper:

"The occurrence of community crime is very rarely isolated or phenomenological. The involvement of individuals, communities and demographics in drug-dealing, substance abuse, gang violence and legal maladjustment of all variety does not occur in a vacuum, but is likely to be the product of patterned conditioning and sociological stimuli. A set of circumstances contextualizing a person, a family and a neighborhood will not just have a formative impact on the way the individual is able to integrate into mainstream society, but will likewise influence the decisions, behaviors and consequences shaping his future. This is the underlying reality which persists in the self-perpetuating cycle of violence and bloodletting that is America's ongoing and encompassing gang war. A core association between the negative conditions in which many Americans are living and the expansion of gang violence denotes a reciprocal relationship between American culture and organized street crime."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Associated Press (AP). (2007). Alberto Gonzalez: Youth Gang Violence Blamed for Countrywide Crime. FoxNews. Online at,2933,272424,00.html
  • Craig, C. (2007). Gang violence in America. Associated Content. Online at
  • DeMelo, Diane. (2005). Merton's Strain Theory. Criminological Theory. Online at <>
  • Kouri, J. (). Illegal Alien Gang Violence. Law Enforcement Examiner.
  • Savelli, L. (2001). National Gang History. East Coast Gang Investigators Association. Online at

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