Archive for June, 2011
The US Department of Justice has released a report that states the growth of criminal gangs is increasing in all socioeconomic areas of the country. The National Youth Gang Survey Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
- There were an estimated 28,100 gangs and 731,000 gang members throughout 3,500 jurisdictions nationwide.
- The prevalence rate of gang activity increased to 34.5 percent from 32.4 percent in 2008.
- Larger cities and suburban counties accounted for more than 96 percent of all gang homicides.
Dale Yeager of SERAPH explains the problem, “School officials have been caught off guard by the rise of gangs in suburban areas.Straight Edge, Juggalos, Crips and Bloods have all been recruiting juveniles in suburban areas of the United States.”
Latino Gang Targeted Blacks, U.S. Says
By TAMARA AUDI
LOS ANGELES—Members of a Latino gang affiliated with the Mexican Mafia conspired for nearly 20 years to drive African-Americans out of the Southern California city of Azusa through violence and intimidation, federal authorities alleged Tuesday.
Fifty-one alleged members of the Azusa 13 gang were indicted on racketeering and conspiracy charges; six were accused of conspiring to violate the civil rights of African-Americans. The case marks the second time federal civil-rights laws have been used against a gang, authorities said.