“Internet Banging” – Co-opting Social Media for Gang-Related Violent Activities

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Despite a myriad of preventative strategies ranging from increased police presence to community-based youth interventions, gang membership has continued to rise in the United States. This is an obvious concern as gangs and gang-related activities contribute significantly to violent crime rates (accounting for 48% of the total crime rate). While some attempts have indeed proved to be successful in curbing …

Can Employment Opportunities Reduce Youth Gang Violence?

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As a young adult, whenever I see a news article or a new study surface about youth gang violence, I always become curious about the factors that influence a youth’s involvement in this area of violence. I think this curiosity arises from the fact that I have never directly been exposed to gang violence. However, it’s apparent that youth gang …