Gang Violence

Three of the most popular forms of antisocial behavior in organized gangs include stealing, drug abuse and conflicts that result in fights. Organized gangs usually look for illegal ways of making money to sustain themselves. They opt for stealing and engage in activities such as property theft and armed robbery because they possess illegal firearms. The gangs have an organized division of labor within which they make profits. Besides, drug and substance abuse is very common among the gang members (Soordhas, 2009). Gangs sometimes conduct spontaneous and unplanned parties that encroach the streets whereby they engage in unlicensed drinking. Continuous drug abuse among youth gangs will lead to absenteeism from school and subsequent declining grades. Sometimes it leads to health related issues such as accidental injuries, physical disabilities, and the dangers of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV through engaging in unprotected sex. Conflicts are also common among gangs, which in most cases results in fights. Members use violence to ensure there is obedience to the code of conduct of the gangs and to prevent other members from leaving the gang (Weinrath, Donatelli, & Murchison, 2016).

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The first proactive solution is to know the motivations of joining organized gangs and then educating the young people on the dangers of joining such groups through educational programs. Secondly, engaging youths on constructive programs such as youth sports and business skills training programs is another proactive solution. In addition, strengthening families is another proactive solution to organized gangs. It will increase parent supervising their children after school who will also provide interpersonal skills training to them. Such parental training will help the youths in reducing conflicts amongst themselves (Weinrath, Donatelli, & Murchison, 2016).

 

References

Soordhas, J. T. (2009). Gangs: Violence, crime and antigang initiatives. Nova Science.

Weinrath, M., Donatelli, G., & Murchison, M. J. (2016). Mentorship: A missing piece to manage juvenile intensive supervision programs and youth gangs? Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice58(3), 291-321.

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