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Gang Violence and Peer Pressure

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The impact of gangs and gang member peer pressure is a complicated issue that affects all communities. In this assignment, you will examine the history and complex nature of gang violence in society.

Tasks:

You will write a 4 page report that includes a discussion on the types of gang violence, specific examples of gang violence, possible explanations for the growth of gang violence, the impact of gang violence on surrounding businesses and communities, and society's reactions. Select a gang from the list given below and use specific examples about that gang to support your report.

Aryan Brotherhood
Asian Boyz
Bandidos
Crips
MS-13

Include the following in your report:

Define gang violence and summarize the historical developments of gang formation and membership. How have definitions of gangs and gang membership changed?
Note: You may click the link http://www.ojjdp.gov/jjbulletin/9808/history.html for information on the history of youth gangs.

Provide examples of three different types of gang violence.
Explain how the threat of gang violence impacts the surrounding businesses and communities.
Describe gang migration and immigration.
How do gangs expand their power?
How do they grow in membership?
How does a gang designate territory?
Submission Details:

Support your responses with examples.
Cite all the sources in APA format.

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Gang violence refers to criminal and non political acts of violence done by group of person who incessantly do criminal activity against innocent persons. From a different perspective gang violence refers to physical conflicts between two or more gangs. For example, if there is a dispute between two gangs gang violence means a street fight between members of two gangs.
The historical developments of street gangs commenced after the US Revolution War in 1780s. These were street gangs and had little recognition. In early 1800s serious gangs formed. The earliest of these gangs formed in northeastern American cities. After 1820s the gangs began to focus on criminal activities. The Five Points Gang became influential in recruiting membership to gangs and forming relations with politicians. In 1855, there were 30,000 men in gangs in New York City and these led to the New York draft riots. During 1870s and onwards there was a reemergence of gangs. After Civil war the most powerful was the Whyos gang. There were Jewish, Chinese, and Italian gangs. In the late 19th century Chicago gangs became particularly powerful. Gangs influenced Chicago politics. In the late 1920s there were more than 1,300 gangs in Chicago. The American West had a gang growth during the late 19th century and early 20th century. Gangs reemerged during the Northeast in cities such as New York after the war during 1950s and 1960s with rising Latino immigration and increasing population from South America (a).
It was during this period that Mara Salvatrucha or the MS-13 emerged. The Mara Salvatrucha gang originated in Los Angeles and was set up in the 1980s by Salvadoran immigrants in the city's Pico-Union neighborhood who immigrated to the United States after the Central American civil ...

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