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An Intro to Gangs. By Mr. James Hamilton III. What is a gang?. A group of associating individuals who engage in violent or destructive forms of illegal behavior, for the same cause. Gangs have identifiable leadership, and assume control over a territory or community.

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an intro to gangs

An Intro to Gangs

By

Mr. James Hamilton III

what is a gang
What is a gang?
  • A group of associating individuals who engage in violent or destructive forms of illegal behavior, for the same cause.
  • Gangs have identifiable leadership, and assume control over a territory or community.
how many gangs are there
How many gangs are there?
  • According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention there are 29,400 gangs in the United States of Amercia.
  • These 29,400 gangs combine to have a total 756,000 members age 17 and younger.
what are some gangs you know of
What are some gangs you know of?
  • Bloods
  • Crips
  • MS 13
  • Cartels
  • Mafia
  • Vice Lords
  • Disciples
  • Latin Kings
gang activity
Gang Activity
  • Assault and Battery
  • Rape and Sexual Assault
  • Murder
  • Extortion
  • Prostitution
  • Kidnapping
  • Smuggling
  • Drugs, Trafficking and Abuse
  • Selling Firearms
  • http://www.history.com/shows/gangland/videos/playlists/gang-activity#smuggling
how many murders result from gang violence each year
How many murders result from gang violence each year?
  • According to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention there are about 2,000 homicides of people ages 17 and younger.
  • http://www.history.com/shows/gangland/videos/playlists/gang-activity#gang-violence-claims-innocent-victims
why do people join gangs
Why do people join gangs?
  • Peer pressure
  • Revenge
  • Family
  • Lack of Direction or Mentorship
  • Want to be apart of something bigger than self
  • No family
  • http://www.history.com/shows/gangland/videos/born-into-gangland#born-into-gangland
how do people get into gangs
How do people get into gangs?
  • Jumped in
  • Blessed in
  • Must perform a task- This could be anything from stealing something to assaulting or killing a rival gang member or complete stranger.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baSRoYr3oIk (2:47 – 4:58)
what are some characteristics of gang members
What are some characteristics of gang members?
  • Bandanas
  • Tattoos
  • Brands
  • Hat Tilts
  • Slang
  • Clothing color
  • Nothing at all
  • http://www.history.com/shows/gangland/videos/playlists/symbols-and-slang#gang-signs
  • http://www.history.com/shows/gangland/videos/playlists/symbols-and-slang#east-coast-gang-slang
  • http://www.history.com/shows/gangland/videos/playlists/symbols-and-slang#recognizing-gang-affiliations
consequences
Consequences

Person who falsely claims to be a member of a gang.

This person is subject to being DP’d or disciplined, which could result in exile from the gang, serious injuries, or death.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6QfgrAqk8A&feature=related (3:00 – 3:44)

This person is also subject to being disciplined which can and almost always results in serious injuries or death

Amar Simmon’s Murder

http://blog.nj.com/reporter/2007/09/franklin_murder_arrests.html

Gang member who goes against laws of gang.

what are some ways you can avoid gang involvement
What are some ways you can avoid gang involvement?
  • Sports
  • Hobbies
  • Job
  • Church
  • Volunteer work
  • Mentoring programs
  • ANYTHING!
what are methods to avoid conflict
What are methods to avoid conflict?
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Knowing the gangs in your area
  • Be conscious of the colors you wear
  • Do not claim a gang or throw up any gang signs
  • Do not respond when provoked
  • Respectfully decline if asked to join
  • Stress the importance of where you have to go if pressured to go somewhere with a gang
can you get out of a gang
Can you get out of a gang?
  • Yes, many gang members are granted exodus if they are expecting a child.
  • Others may be jumped out which can result in serious injuries and even death. *The same method can be used against members who go against the gangs beliefs or instruction.