The mission of the SDWCC Task Force, in partnership with key stakeholders, is to eradicate crime and violence caused by the West Coast Crips gang by creating a renewed community confidence and enhanced quality of life through a three pronged prevention, intervention, and suppression strategy. We will educate community members on the negative impacts of gang participation and attractive alternatives for families, and in particular the youth, in a robust prevention effort. We will utilize law enforcement and other emerging resources, to engineer intervention solutions for those at risk of gang membership and those already in gangs who are in need of, and desire legitimate lifestyle alternatives. The suppression element will attack illicit gang businesses creating disruption in their money making ventures and will aggressively target those most violent gang members to remove them from the neighborhoods and remove their influence.
The Los Angeles intervention approach produces positive and negative attributes to combating gang related criminality. Gangs in society today, are problematic in many aspects. There are many different avenues city officials can take to combat or reduce gang related crime. Various methodologies have been used to take on this problem and have had successful results (Spergel,1986). “The general idea is that if gang members will not respond to ordinary social agency programs, then the programs must move out to the streets in order to achieve change (Klein,1965, p3. 183).”
Although many ideas to rid of gangs have been thrown about in the government system, nothing real concrete has ever been stated. Some solutions
Gangs have a negative impact on non-gang community residents, gang members, and the social institutions which make community life possible and enjoyable. They represent a significant threat to the well-being of everyone in the communities in which they are found and should be of concern to everyone. Gang violence is an epidemic that is currently plaguing St. Kitts as shown in the constant rise of gang-related murders over the last decade. As a result, this should be a major concern for all stakeholders including the people living in the neighborhoods, the families, and security agencies that are in place. Every effort should be made to try and prevent young adults from becoming gang
A majority of criminal activities in the U.S are related to gang violence. A common reason for these crimes is due to poverty, low employment, and no education. On another note, a gang is defined as being an age-graded peer group exhibiting some permanence and establishing a sense of boundaries through the gang-identified territory, style, and such oppositional practices as fighting and criminal activity (source.). A lot of big cities like Chicago or Philadelphia are considered as one of the most dangerous cities in America due to a lot of gang violence. In order to prevent these offenses and to make cities in the U.S safer again, a solution has to be found in order to reduce the gang-related crime rate and more importantly the prevention of
familial, cultural and community ties, gangs are often formulated upon strong common interests. In fact, many gangs have a unity strong enough to expand beyond any physical frontier, representing an issue not just for cities like Los Angeles but also for states like California. For the purpose of my research, I will narrow in on the city of Los Angeles which houses more than 400 gangs and about 39,000 gang members (Villaraigosa 2017). That being said, the City of Los Angeles lies at the center of gang violence and health discourses simultaneously. Inclusive, more than 1,500 people were victims of gang violence in 2016 alone (Villaraigosa 2017). Preoccupying indeed, the Urban center is facing an issue that must be addressed sooner than later.
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). About one million gang members are in more than 20,000 criminally active gangs in the United States. Also, that group of about one million people is accountable for up to eighty percent of our nation’s crimes. Since 2005, gangs have nationally added about 200,000 members to the already high total (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.
The development of gangs in the course of the last two decades has been accompanied by the development and progression of specialized law enforcement responses to gangs. The nature, features and scope of police gang control shows the formation of police gang units and theoretical and policy rationales for police gang units. Police gang units are imaginably the clearest embodiment of the gang suppression approach (Klein, 1995a: 161). Under the suppression approach, Klein (1995a) argues, enforcement officials see their primary responsibility as responding to gang street crimes. Suppression strategy is based on deterrence theory. The purpose of the deterrence is keep a possible offender from repeating in crime nature and deter others from preventing
There is a real gang epidemic in this country; even the nicest, most wealth off cities in America have been infiltrated by gangs. Gangs have been around for centuries, and they will continue to grow and pervade our country. The only way to address the gang problem in the city is to tackle it head on. The probability of effectively averting gang activity is larger if community initiatives are concentrated on risk factors and are data driven and research centered (Howell, 2012). To eliminate gangs and gang activity, you will need a Comprehensive Gang Model (Howell, 2012). There are many steps that must be followed and implemented to ensure the gang reform program will work correctly. These steps are community mobilization, opportunities provision, social intervention, suppression, and organizational change and development.
Urban communities fall victim to drug and gang involvement. “Gangs and violence are associated with urban poverty, and gang life is seen as a source of social identity in the face of impoverished living conditions (Weisel, D. L., McNamara, R. P., Nugent, H., Spelman,, W., Ayres, M. B., & Capowich, G. E., 1999).” Also, living conditions and economic resources have diminished rather than prosper in urban communities. Over the years, America has become more occupied with gangs especially with their relationship with drugs and violence. “Gangs are now increasingly and almost exclusively blamed for the drug and violence problems of the last decade (Weisel, D. L., McNamara, R. P., Nugent, H., Spelman,, W., Ayres, M. B., & Capowich,
Gangs have gotten worst over the years. An article by Sandy Banks in the Los Angeles Times stated that “residents fear gangs more than they trust the police”. In 2012, the National Gang Center posted information concerning gangs and they found that those groups were responsible for over 2300 deaths in that year. In July of 2015 a former classmate of mine was shot and killed as a result of gang violence. He was only 15 years old. According to communications specialist, Beth Kuhles, currently, there are 1.5 million gangs members here in the United States and majority of them are minors. A lot of the children are involved in gangs because they lack friendship or a true family at home. My classmate who recently passed away did not have strong,
Linda Schmidt is a criminology expert and FBI agent in the department of community outreach in Ohio, who has worked and solved many cases in street gangs. She has tirelessly worked on issues involving street gangs. Through her experience and expertise, she provides rich insights regarding gangs and how the police should be trained to deal with gangs. She provides views on gang-infested neighborhoods, working with members of gang groups in schools, courts and prisons. She has also provided training for community groups, educators and law enforcement officers. Considering criminology in the context of gangs, Schmidt suggests that the first step towards having
Violence is an everyday act that we have seen in society, and in result has become a problem. Gang violence, on the other hand, has been a social problem of violence for decades in the United States. In particular, it has been a serious problem in California that is has been known to be the “gang capital” in the United States, and a problem in a local scale. According to “FBI.org” , there are over 33,000 violent street gangs, motorcycle gangs, and prison gangs(FBI, 2015). Consequently, this brings fear and intimidation toward society. This paper will go into depth and explain why some join gangs, where gang violence occurs,how the government finds ways to crack down on gang violence, underfunding and resourcing impoverished areas, and
According to the Merced Sun Star, the main individuals that join gangs are often people who are at a social disadvantage or have inequality compared to others. These people are more likely to have lower income and live in neighbourhoods that are surrounded by people who live in these conditions.In order to put up with these cases, it is important to start at the root of the cause in order to make changes happen for a better future. Since one of the main similarities among the gang-related issues revolves lower income families, we should create programs that can help rebuild their neighbourhoods. For example holding fundraisers and raising money to create a park or play place near the neighborhood that way when these individuals are young thye will have