Youth Crime Essay

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Youth Gang Involvement

MET CJ/631—Youth Crime Problems

Boston University

Dr. Frank Carney

April 20, 2013


Within the United States, youth involvement in gangs has become a serious problem for the future safety and security of the United States. The following thesis explores the growing problem of youth involvement in gangs and attempts to understand the growing trend by exploring historical facts and figures, policies and programs. Within the last half of a decade the number of gang members has risen to 1.4 million, an increase of nearly 40 percent and the number of youth gang themselves has stayed consistent at the high rate of disproportionate rate of 40 percent. This paper attempts
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All 50 states now report gang problems within their jurisdictions (Howell, 2010, p. 2). Gangs are a serious problem because they are often involved in a wide-range of criminal activities, often characterized by extreme violence. One of the primary concerns surrounding contemporary gangs is the large number of juveniles that are involved in gang and the criminality that exists within these groups. A large number of the nations youth are ending up traveling down this path to adulthood at an increasing rate. It is almost as if youth involvement in the gangs has become an acceptable model of behavior within the juvenile population. The average age of gang members is also slowly increasing, indicating that juveniles who choose to enter these gangs are staying involved with the gang longer, perhaps indicating that gang life has more to offer than meets the eye, socially and economically (Siegel and Welsh, 2012, p. 332). These findings represent an ongoing and potentially serious problem not only for law enforcement officials and the criminal justice system, but also for the safety and longevity of the United States. It is absolutely critical to the safety and security of this nation that the problem of youth involvement in gangs be understood so that the necessary actions can be taken to prevent such an ideology from becoming a norm within the American culture. Throughout the

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