Gangs in America Essay

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Gangs are very dangerous to everyone in society. “Gangs are groups of people (mostly young males) who band together for protection and a sense of belonging. The U.S. Department of Justice officially defines a youth gang as a group of young people involved in criminal activity” (Gangs 1). There are about one million gang members in more than 20,00 criminally active gangs in the United States. Also, that group of about one million people, are accountable for up to eighty percent of our nation’s crimes. Since 2005, gangs have nationally added about 200,000 members (Targeting Gangs 1). This is why more action from the community needs to be taken to help with the growing gang-related crimes here in America. To start off, origins of gangs are …show more content…
Also there is usually patterned bandana hanging out of the member's back pocket and around his pants is a cloth belt that almost reaches his knees. A lot of gang members wear crosses or rosaries around their neck. At least one thing the member is wearing will be a certain color; which is the color that represents his (or her) gang. The effects that gangs have on communities is very large, especially since gangs contribute to up to about eighty percent of our nation's crimes. Gangs tear apart communities and disrupt schools, obviously, due to violence (like fighting each other), carrying weapons and/or drugs, and even their clothing can disrupt other students from learning. Also communities are affected because gangs influence their members and others into using and/or distributing all different types of drugs. Not only drugs, but the easy access to deadly firearms make gangs a lot more intimidating and dangerous to our society, and not just the inner city because gangs are in the suburbs and rural areas as well. There are many reasons why young people join gangs. Some reasons would be a very unstable home or family life, poverty (so the person thinking they need to join to be able to make money fast from doing crimes, such as drug dealing and theft), or the need for protection. Joining a gang could also be a family tradition, just joining out of peer pressure, or wanting to be more attractive to members of the

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