Juvenile Gangs

Gangs are unsupervised peer groups who are socialized by the streets rather than by conventional institutions. They define themselves as a gang or "set" or some such term, and have the capacity to reproduce themselves, usually within a specific neighborhood. (Moore, J. 1991. pp39-41. ) Law enforcement agencies, mainly concerned with apprehending criminals, more statically define gangs as intentional and cohesive criminal associations. Ganging for some sociologist is a normal peer activity of adolescents within a continuum of behaviors, from conventional to wild.

The word gang implies a negative ding on ones ear because it is attributed to an intrinsic behavior of those peers that would include criminal acts, though for other its not and just a common brotherhood or siterhood group. However through the ages gang has been formed by peergroups of mainly male youth on the wild side of the continuum. And many agrees that these juvenile gangs organize to a varying degree some rowdy, delinquent and bad activitie that harms both themselves and the society. The extensiveness of gang activity today is totally alarming.

Gangs today are much more violent, criminally oriented, and better armed than in the past and require more determined and extensive response from public safety officials. Those who are part of juvenile gangs makes life easy for them by being happy golucky and enjoyung every moment with their gangmates. Getting into trouble and commiting worst deeds within the community. Gangwar is really rampant today and had cost deaths at an early age for gang members. Don't worry about tomorrow just enjoy what you have today is their everyday line.

Gang activity is toxic to communities because it becomes a threat for future parents making Juvenile Gangs  2 them afarid on raising their children on a community where peace is not to be found because of gangwars that obscurely happening everyday. Going deeper and looking on the side of the gang members there are reasons why they chose to be part of such delinquent group of youths, gang members are frequently school dropouts, part of a broken family, lack of attention from their parents who are busy doing money and addictly inlcined to their businesses rather than rearing their children in a more responsible ways.

Some joins juvenile gang for fun and some are just curious and wants to be in to the latest peer trends in the society. Gangs can be prevented and controlled by public safety officials wo shouldbe greatly involved in the development of street gang control units and task forces. Parents as the first teachers should be the one whose major concern is not to make their kids part of this group. They must talk to them about gang violence and how to prevent it.

(Ken, D. 2003. p3) Starting in our own homes we can make a differences. We can reduce the threat ofviolence that claims thousand of young lives each year in our country by educating each children to avoid joining in bad companies. Juvenile gang violence is not only about dangerous, out of control kids on the other side of the town. It is about our children,about our society and about our child's future. Its up to us to prevent it from happening.

Making our child's world safer means many things: educating themproperly about gangs, making their envrionment safer, helping them develop peaceful ways ofdealing with conflict and adversity, teaching themanger management and being good youth rolemodels. If this is a bit overwhelming, there's a reason.


Druck, Ken (2003). How to talk to your childabout school Violence. p3. Moore, Joan (1991). Appliation of Fine's concept of "normal devinace" to gangs. pp39-41.