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Since the late 1800s, gangs have been in existence. These groups have had many negative effects on society for many years. These youth groups or gangs, as they are commonly called, such as the Bloods, Crips, and Vice Lords have participated in many criminal and illegal acts that have plagued society. They have been stereotyped with such negative names as bad kids, troublemakers, and many other mischievous names.

These young gangs have long been present in the United States, but were previously only in large urban centers. This changed dramatically in the late 1980s (Miller, 1980), when youth gangs started to appear in smaller cities and suburban areas across the United States along with a rapid rise in their numbers and membership (Miller, 1980). By 1982, a study by Miller showed that an estimate 2,300 youth gangs, with 100,000 members, were found in 300 cities. Multiple reasons for this increase have been presented, including the economy and growth of an urban underclass, crack cocaine and other drug trade, gang migration, and gang subculture in the popular media (Miller, 1980). There is little agreement on this issue except that it was most likely the result of several factors.

Crime plays a big role in gangs. Most gang related crimes are committed between members of opposing gangs, although innocent citizens are often hit by stray bullets. They may also be victims of gang crimes such as robbery, burglary, and auto theft. Gang members participate in all forms of criminal activity, either for personal or economic gain, for revenge against another gang, or out of hate for the victim. Crimes committed include, among others, assault with a deadly weapon, arson, grand theft, sale/possession of narcotics, and murder. The weapons in theses crimes have become more sophisticated in recent years, evolving from hands, feet and knives to automatic handguns, automatic rifles, sawed-off shotguns, and in some cases, pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and hand grenades (Interview, 1985). The majority of gang-related homicides can be blamed on drive-by shootings, which is the type of crime committed most frequently by gangs. In some gangs the drive-by is the rite of initiation for new members. Full acceptance into the gang might include the shooting of a rival gang member. And these members can be from anywhere from the ages of 8 to 30. With forty percent of gangs being juveniles, kids as young as eight years of age begin running errands for the leaders of the gang, this including girls of the gangs as well. Because girls also want to have that sense of power and group bond that the boys in the neighborhood share.

Another effect of gangs is a sense of belonging to a family unit. Members receive a sense of identity and recognition from being in a gang. It sets them apart from their peers and gives them a sense of power and success. Alone these youth may feel small, powerless, and inadequate. They lack direction. Belonging to a gang, however, makes them feel strong and invincible (Interview, 1985). Gangs use this recruitment pitch sometimes, "There is another family waiting for you- all you have to do is join or join or get beat up or be a “momma’s boy.”



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