Gangs in California Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

Gangs in California
A look at the history of gangs in California and the solutions to the problem.
# 117873 | 2,344 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 23, 2009 in Criminology (Organized Crime Studies) , Sociology (General)

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The paper explores California's racial and social class history and shows how many of the gangs of the past were simply communities, typically comprised of immigrants, struggling to express their need for social change. The paper argues that the traditional perspective of politicians and law enforcement to end gang related activities through suppression and prison terms has not garnered productive results. The paper contends that the best solution to rid California of its gangs is to continue to create innovative intervention and gang prevention programs.

From the Paper:

"Some of the most disreputable gangs thrive in the streets of California: the Crips, Mexican Mafia, Bloods, Nuera Familia, Hell's Angels, Mara Salvatruch, Sur Trece, 18th Street, the Aryan Brotherhood, and the like. The hip and groovy beaches, the dazzle of Hollywood, and the fresh and scenic forests and mountains are not a distraction to these young blooded Californians. The fact that California prisons are rated as the nastiest hell-rising prisons in the country doesn't deter these youths. These gang youths will eventually find themselves in the prisons that are the most populated in the country, and that is why many social justice facilitators are searching for solutions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Hayden, Tom. Street Wars: Gangs and the Future of Violence. New York: New Press,2004.
  • Castro, Janice. "In the Brutal World of L.A.'s Toughest Gangs." Time. March 16, 1992: 12(3). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 28 Apr. 2008 <>.
  • "City Officials Declare War on L.A. Gangs." UPI NewsTrack. Feb 11, 2007): NA. General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 28 Apr. 2008 <>.
  • "L.A. Gangs Will Pay: Senate Bill 271" American City & County. 2007.
  • General Reference Center Gold. Gale. Carlsbad City Library. 28 Apr. 2007. 2008 <>.

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