Gang Report On Gang Groups

840 Words Sep 30th, 2015 4 Pages
According to the 2013 National Gang Report, gangs continue to flourish, progress, and develop criminal tradecrafts (p. 3). Based on state, local, and federal law enforcement reporting, the National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) calculated that the US gang composition is approximately 88 percent street gang members, 9.5 percent prison gang members, and 2.5 percent outlaw motorcycle gang (OMG) members. Street gangs pose the most violent and significant threat in most communities, while prison gangs are viewed as the least problematic (National Gang Report, 2013, p. 3). OMGs are described as the greatest threat in approximately 11 percent of jurisdictions, despite comprising only 2.5 percent of the gang composition (National Gang Report, 2013, p. 3). With this in mind, there is still a lack of research on gang members’ online behavior. Media outlets nationally have reported on a new phenomenon of gang affiliates using social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to trade insults or make violence threats that lead to homicide or victimization; this has been termed as “internet banging” (Patton, Eschmann, & Butler, 2013, p. 54). Gangs employ technology in order to communicate secretly and conduct criminal acts with little to no risk of detection. Using technology, gangs locate and establish targets; intimidate rivals; facilitate criminal activity; improve criminal operations; and monitor law enforcement (National Gang Report, 2013, p. 4).
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