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The Contemporary Gang Problem

TheContemporary Gang Problem

TheContemporary Gang Problem

Gangviolence in the United States is a major contemporary problem thathas attracted the security agencies to form localized cohorts to dealwith street violence. According to the Federal Bureau ofInvestigations, more than 1.4 million citizens belong to variousgangs that total to about 33,000 (Franzese, Covey &amp Menard,2016). The bureau also indicates that the common ones include street,motorcycle and prison gangs. The gang problem in the United Statesexacerbates because there is no recorded positive trend on thedecline in membership and more young people are being recruited toengage in street violence.

Gangshave been critical in posing a challenge to the safety of hundreds ofcitizens. In that last half decade, there has been a recorded 8%increase in the number of gangs, 11% escalated enrollment and about23% upsurge in crimes committed by the organized groups (Franzese etal., 2016). The delinquent groups perpetrate More than 80% of thestreet homicides. Worse still, most states have porous weaponownership control regulations and the members of the gangs use theloopholes to their advantage. According to Decker (2013), between 48%and 98% of gun-related crimes are traced to the criminal gangs.

Inaddition to the high number of crimes, the contemporary problem ofgangs extends to a myriad of other social felonies that havefar-reaching effects on the economy. Franzese et al. (2016) indicatethat they raise money through illegal methods of robbery, drugtrafficking, blackmailing, prostitution, and kidnapping. Thetendencies expose children and adolescents to early delinquency. Theyalso capitalize on these methods to control their neighborhoods. Thishas tainted the image of different neighborhoods.

Conclusively,the gravity of the gang problem intensifies due to the absence of arecorded decline in enrollment and the continued increase in thenumber of crimes committed by the organized groups. Although the FBIhas formed a special unit to deal with gang-related felonies, it hasnot been successful in curbing them. There is, therefore need for acombined effort among the law enforcement agencies to have amultidimensional approach to the gang problem to prevent further harmon the citizens.


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Franzese,R. J., Covey, H. C., &amp Menard, S. (2016). Youthgangs.Springfield: Charles C Thomas Publisher.