Preventing Violent Crime: Stopping Gang Membership Essay

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Introduction:
Every year in the United States there are over one million violent crimes that occur. Of those one million violent crimes, an average of forty eight percent of them have been associated with gangs or individual gang members. (FBI) The gangs that are producing these high violent crime rates are not concentrated in one area but rather spread throughout the hearts of cities all across the country. In addition these gangs are not stagnant, but rather are growing in numbers every year by enticing young minority men time and time again to join their ranks. Many jurisdictions in the United States spend millions of dollars reacting to the crime that is caused by gangs in real time, however most of these jurisdictions find that
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(FBI) While the amount of violent crimes that occur in cities across the United States differ, cities hold the majority of the concentration of violent crime that occurs nationally. A city that can be considered as having a “high violent crime rate” would be a city with an average of 350 or more violent crimes committed annually per 100,000 residents in the city. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in most of these cities around half of the violent crime rate can be linked to one of the many gangs in operation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also states that in some cities more than eighty percent of the violent crimes committed in any given year can be linked back to a gang. (FBI) The violent crimes that are being committed by these gangs annually include incredibly serious offenses such as rape, murder, and armed robbery, making the issue of gang related violent crime tragically severe. In response, the police in these cities respond as appropriately as they can, often by reacting to the crimes that occur and using their force to reprimand the criminals committing the crimes.
Current responses to gang related violent crimes in the United States:
As a response to the violent crimes being committed by gangs or gang members many United States bureaucracies have become involved in conducting research and investigations. The research that has

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