A fourth alternative for these youths would be to introduce them to engage in some sort of hobby. These activities can range from a plethora of things that include: automotive mechanics, woodworking, carpentry, masonry work, or model car building. When an individual finds a hobby that they become passionate about they become emerged in it spending countless hours trying to pursue it.The last alternative to joining a gang can come in the form of joining a state or community driven mentor program. These activities include big brother big sister programs, copsand kids, and the youth cadet law enforcement program. For example, cops and kids is designingto have police officers mentor youths. In fact, “officers take underprivileged kids shopping for Christmas presents or school supplies” (Cops and Kids, n.d., para. 2). In order to prevent youths from joining a city gang, it must be necessary to create certain laws to thwart the problem before it becomes more severe. Over the years there have been different forms of legislation enacted to aid in this battle, but it may be necessary to create even more laws to aid the country in this effort. Two possible laws that should be passed is harsher penalties and database registration.The first law of imposing harsh penalties would ultimately make youths not want to participate in gang activities. These strict implications can encompass higher than average fines, jail, or prison time. This regulation would simply state that gang association is no longer tolerated and those who do not comply will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of this law. Moreover, parents of youths involved may also be held accountable to a certain degree. In a rational way, members of society would become less interested in gang life because they would be too afraid of the possible consequences that they could face.A second law that should be enacted is similar in nature to the already standing Megan’s Law. To those who are not familiar, this is “a law requiring sex offender registration and public notification” (About Megan’s Law, 2009, par. 1). Gang members should be added to a
GANG PREVENTION CONTINUUM 4nationwide database that forces them to register to it. Similar to the first theorized law, individuals would not want to be associated with gang life because of the possible repercussions.