Street Gangs, Juvenile Violence, and Drugs
An examination of the problem of street gangs, juvenile violence, and drugs, and a suggestion for possible solutions.
# 101928 | 1,750 words | 10 sources | APA | 2005 |
Published on Mar 06, 2008 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Juvenile Justice) , Criminology (Drugs Enforcement) , Criminology (Public and Crime) , Child, Youth Issues (General)
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This paper discusses gang violence as a multi-generational problem in many communities. Many gangs are decades old, and solutions to the gang violence problem have been sought after for equally as long. The paper explores the structure and roots of gang violence, future trends, and proven solutions to the problem. It concludes that early intervention, as well as providing safe havens for youth at risk in troubled neighborhoods, are valuable tools to help stem the tide of gang violence.
From the Paper:"Gangs undertake a variety of criminal pursuits, and the level of violence that is perpetrated by the gang is directly related to the particular crimes that are committed. The drug trade is the primary involvement of the gangs. Gangs are also involved in intimidation, robbery, and other acts of violence as well. There is an increasing trend among gangs becoming involved in less traditional crimes, and becoming involved in identity theft and credit card fraud. (2005 National Gang Threat Assessment p. 4) The gangs are also becoming involved more and more with organized crime. The organized crime syndicates include the Mexican and South American drug cartels, Russian Organized crime, Asian Crime families, the more recognizable La Cosa Nostra (Mafia) and assorted other group throughout the world. (id p. 6) Gangs are also availing themselves to technology. The technology of choice by the gang members is the push-to-talk cell phone. This is of particular use in coordinating efforts of the individual members regardless of the criminal undertaking. The gangs also make use of the internet, postings on websites to communicate with members and notify them of event dates, as well as boasting of recent illicit activities. (id p.4)"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Burch II, James H., Chemers, Betty M. (1997) A Comprehensive Response to America's Youth Gang Problem. United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Fact Sheet # 40 March 1997.
- Burns, Edward. (2005). Gang and Drug Related Homicide: Baltimore's Successful Enforcement Strategy. United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
- Delany-Shabazz, Robin V., LeBoeuf, Donni. (1997) Conflict Resolution. United States Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Fact Sheet # 55 March 1997.
- Gist, Nancy. (1995). Boys and Girls (B&G) Club of America. Bureau of Justice Assistance Fact Sheet. United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance.
- Esbensen, Finn-Aage (2004). Evaluating G.R.E.A.T.: A School Based Gang Prevention Program. United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice.
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