FC: Juvenile gang involvement. | Kaci Bilbrey
1: GANG A gang is a group of recurrently associating individuals or close friends with identifiable leadership and internal organization, identifying with or claiming control over territory in a community, and engaging either individually or collectively in violent or other forms of illegal behavior.
3: John from the Divine Wisdom Worship Center in Midwest City said when he was a gang member he recruited children. He said children receive a slap on the wrist and a “do better next time”. If he was to be found with a gun or drugs he would spends years in prison. The juvenile justice policy is very inconsistent. In 2006 a law was passed that gave juveniles ages 12 to 17 the possibility of an intervention program instead of juvenile hall or being tried as an adult (Business World).
4: There are over 700,000 youth in the United States who are involved in gang activities.
5: Around the world, children and youth are engaged in armed conflict. Child Soldiers have been the focus of international attention for many years. But in countries that are not officially at war, many youth join armed organizations such as gangs, drug factions, cartels, death squads, para-militaries, and revolutionary groups” (Dowdney). Crime and conflict involving young people is a serious issue we face today. Children surveyed said that they grew up around the crime. They lived next door to someone their whole life and they slowly get involved. One child stated, “he asks you to look after a gun, look after something for him, and you do it. And then before you know it, you’re in the middle of it all, without even being aware you’re already involved” (Dowdney).
7: The functionalist theory demonstrates how different social classes work in our society. Because of social class gangs are often formed in poor communities. It is a vicious cycle that is hard to escape. Often gang affiliation starts with one act to earn money or respect from those around you. Unfortunately, many who start get drawn into the acts and cannot escape because of their low social class.
9: Gang prevention comes down to resources. If children in America had positive influences and places to go that encouraged them to make better of them selves they would not get involved in gangs.
10: Photography Credits: P | Teenage gang against graffiti wall, Stock Photo ID: 42-24508067, Release Unknown, Photographer: Nancy Honey. El Salvador - Crime - MS-13 Gang Graffiti,Stock Photo ID: 42-23420916, Date Photographed: May 19, 2007, Photographer: Trevor Snapp. Boy holding a knife, Stock Photo ID: 42-35926730, Date Unknown, Photographer: Brian Mitchell. Gang Members in Custody, Stock Photo ID: TL036897, Date Photographed:1982, Photographer: David Turnley. Gang Member, Stock Photo ID:GOV054, Date Unknown, Photographer:Mark Karrass. Deported, Stock Photo ID:42-35460710, Date Photographed:August 26, 2007, Photographer: Morten Andersen.
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