Explaining the problem of Gangs

By: Ronnie, Kotak, Jeremiah and Harrietta

1.) "Summary of the problem"

Gangs are defined in many ways, and most definitions have similar components. One common definition of a gang is a group of three or more individuals who engage in criminal activity and identify themselves with a common mane or sign.

2.) "Define the community that your problem affects"

Gang violence doesn't just affect a community it affects the nation. It is a critical social and economic issue and it extracts a high toll on the general public, as will as the business community. Imagine the effects that gang activity and violence has on the businesses where the gangs reside, and the impact it has on both potential investors and customers that patronize these businesses. Small businesses lose customers, which results in the loss of revenue, loss of funds due to theft, graffiti clean-up, and business restoration. If a gang besides to claim a territory as its own, this often puts fear into current and potential customers and prevents them from patronizing the business.

3.) "How serious is this problem in your community"

Gangs are morphing, multiplying, migrating and entrenching themselves in our inner cities, suburbs and rural communities. They are selling drugs to our kids, shooting up our neighborhoods, invading our homes, robbing our banks and stores, stealing our identities, our money, and instilling fear and violence everywhere they go. They are violent and are responsible for committing crimes from assaults to murder using firearms, machetes, fists and blunt objects to intimidate rivals, law enforcement, and the general public. They are sprawling our highways, the Internet, and our communities intimidating and infecting all they came in contact with. In some communities, they are responsible for as mu as a staggering 80 percent of all crimes.

4.) "How widespread is the problem in your state or the nation"

Gangs are widespread throughout the nation including most schools who reported to have 25% of their students in gangs and drinking alcohol.

5.) "Why is this a problem that should be handled by the government? Should                anyone else also take responsibility for solving the problem? Why?"

This problem should be handled by the Government because it affects the future of most of the younger members who still can change their future and try to avoid being caught up in stuff like Drugs and Jail. Anyone who's close to someone in a gang should take responsibility because they could've known why they joined in the first place.

6.) "The law for dealing with the problem is adequate, but it is not being well                    enforced."

The law enforcement people gave up on gangs because no matter how much they try the younger kids get involved and they grow up to be gang members, so instead of targeting gangs they focus on changing young kids lives, giving them a new path to follow.("We must shut off the pipeline of young people who are feeding into gangs in the first place")

7.) "What disagreements, if any, exist in your community about this problem?"

Some people who support gangs say that gangs help protect people in their community.

8.) "Who are the major individuals, groups, or organizations taking sides on the               problem?"

An important piece of the juvenile justice reform movement in this Nation has been devoted to finding new ways to reduce gang-related crime and violence. A number of States have enacted laws that enhance the penalties for gang-related offenses, and many local jurisdictions have adopted ordinances that are designed to curb or outlaw gang-related activities. Federal authorities and local law enforcement agencies also have combined resources to create jurisdictional task forces and other bodies to investigate and prosecute gang members. Meanwhile, a host of prevention and intervention measures have been implemented in the schools to dissuade children and adolescents from joining gangs and engaging in crime and violence.

        A.) Why are they interested?

This view of gangs as pathological and criminal underlies many of the initiatives that States and local jurisdictions have adopted in the past decade. Because many acts of juvenile delinquency are committed by groups, the notion of juvenile delinquency has become closely associated with gang activity. Still, without an accepted definition to fall back on, State and local jurisdictions have tended to develop their own ideas of what constitutes "gang activity."

         B.) What positions are they taking?

Juvenile Justice Reform took the cops side and believed there were three ways of preventing gangs have been evaluated: preventing youth from joining gangs, transforming existing gangs into neighborhood clubs, and mediating and intervening in conflicts between gangs.

         C.) What are the advantages and disadvantages of their positions?

In areas where gang problems are endemic, such as Los Angeles County, prevention and intervention strategies combined with long-term, proactive investigations of entire gangs work better than reactive, short-term investigations and prosecutions of individual gang members.

         D.) How are they trying to influence government to adopt their views?

The government didn't need to be influenced because they were already aware of how much problems most gangs caused. So, States have done their part in the fight against gangs by enhancing penalties for gang-related crime and fostering cooperation between jurisdictions and disciplines. Enhanced sentencing is yet another State response to combating crime committed by gangs and gang members. State has enacted a law that prohibits a person who has coerced another to join a gang from receiving probation, a conditional discharge, or periodic imprisonment.

9.) "What levels of government are government agencies, if any, are responsible             for dealing with the problem? What are they doing about the problems?

The State at times took more responsibility about the gang problem because they often had more control over the community they were governing. They tightened up the laws and made the consequences much tougher than it was before.

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