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Assignment 1: Gangs in America TodayKelli GarrettProfessor Meredith BrascaCRJ 43511/05/20181
Assignment 1:Gangs in America TodayIn the simplest form, a gang is defined as a relatively organized group of people known for criminal activity. In the United States alone there are over 30,000 different gangs. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is tasked with monitoring and minimizing gangs throughout the country. There are many resources used by the FBI and their affiliates to tackle the ongoing gang issue and dismantle the organization of gang operations. Some gangs have proven to be more disturbing than others to the FBI for various reasons determined through research and activity. Included in research are some informational assistance forums such as the National Gang Report and FBI Gang News site. Among these, there are visible trends in gang activity that may be compared and contrasted. Overall, the main goal of the FBI gang task force is to initiate anti-gang programs and disassemble current gangs entirely. Gangs in the United StatesWith 33,000 gangs in the United States today ranging from minor street gangs to countrywide organized crime gangs, the outbreak of criminal gang activity is dangerously high. Gang activity may include but is not limited to: organized crime, specific association or places orthings, hierarchal leadership roles, etc. Notorious gang activity began to surface during the 1700sand has been on the rise ever since. It is speculated that gang activity began due to conditions as a result of overcrowding and immigration. Most long time gangs formed in a major urban hub such as New York City, Chicago, Boston and Los Angeles. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, “Semiformalized groups of young adults have existed throughout recorded history, and gangs in some ancient societies engaged in very much the same kind of activities as those associated with gangs today.” (1) In America, the Mexican Mafia is the oldest and most powerful2
gang. Joined by tens of thousands of gangs in present time, all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds are represented by gangs in a variety of locations across the country.