This source, uses strong evidence through other resources to help provide correct information for the reader. ¨Reports show that gangs are present in every state in the US, where in 1970 they existed in less than half of all states. To date, there are approximately, 24,500 known youth gangs with about 772,500 youth members. That's about 7% of the US's teen population.¨ (Teen Gangstas: Psychology Today).
This source elaborates on reasons why people join gangs. A common reason is because of peer pressure. Admin says, ¨teenagers and young people,[join gangs due] to influence from friends. Adolescents naturally want to be accepted by their peers.¨ Most of the time teens just want acceptance if they can not find any in their own home or school. Acceptance from peers makes the adolescent feel wanted.
This chapter was updated in May 2018 to include a link to the Home Office publication Criminal Exploitation of Children and Vulnerable Adults: County Lines. Information was also added throughout to
Throughout this article, they explain several different examples of why people decide to join gangs at a such a young age. Most examples have to do with the fact of fitting in and peer pressure while the other few have to do with surviving. The GAP mentioned that it also depended on where the person/kid lived, and the need for easy money. Although the structure of the article is a list of different reasons, each reason has a small description. First, GAP lists the different types of risk factors as listed below: Lack of jobs for youth Poverty compounded by social isolation Domestic violence Negative peer networks Lack of parental supervision Early academic failure and lack of school attachment “” Each of these risk factors can persuade a child or anyone from ages 18 and below, to join a gang to earn easy money off the streets. GAP mentions that, “These risk factors increase the odds that a young person will join a gang, but is not a guarantee as we see members joining from suburbs and seemingly stable family environments.” This source would be a credible source, but not the very best. It’s half and half. This source is mostly directed to people who are involved in gangs or know someone who is in one, and maybe if they are looking to avoid a loved one getting involved in that field. It’s giving more advice than information. Although, there is information about the most common reasons about why kids/teens would join gangs, which could be used in a project. However, there is not a lot of information to use.
In this article, New York Daily News reports that the popular gang, (6 Wild) located in the Bronx were caught stealing from drug dealers and innocent people, as well as selling their own drugs from suppliers. For years the gang has broke into houses threatening the innocent for money and drugs and if the people didn’t any of those following, they stole jewelry and clothes. While robbing innocent people and drug dealers the gang was in their own drug dealing business at the same time which is what connects me to “The Other Wes Moore.” The gang used young children (starting at age 10-12), to make deals or hide a stash for them. As mentioned about how they used younger children to make drug runs for specific gangs, this is what NYPD had to say, "The 6 Wild crew thought that by using young women, juvenile boys and stashed guns they would evade police," said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. "They were wrong." This connects to “The Other Wes Moore” because Wes was put in the same situation where he had to sell drugs off the corner for someone who didn’t want to get caught; he also did it for himself as he got deeper into the business. This source concludes that drug dealing has evolved and has put the innocent, as well as young children, at risk in the drug dealing business. I do not think that this source is credible because it’s more of a story than a informational source to use for a project. It talks about issues and the only solution was to imprison them for their crime.However, it does use proper grammar and is written in appropriate language for the reader to understand. I would not recommend this source for a project.