Essay about The Problem Of Youth Gang Activity

2388 Words Nov 19th, 2014 10 Pages
The Problem In several different neighborhoods across the nation, many young people are filling juvenile detention centers and ending up in early graves as a result of joining gangs and partaking in violent behaviors. We see it in headlines often, but many of us don’t seem to think much of it. It’s not an issue that remains at the front of our minds, until we begin to realize that dozens of young people in our own communities are falling victim to these same consequences. Youth gang activity and violence have been a long standing problem in Denver’s Five Points community, and remains present in this area today. In fact, the number of reported violent gang crimes is beginning to rise. According to statistics found by the Denver Police Department, the number of gang-related aggravated assaults has risen 34% since last year alone, and it continues to destroy the hope for a successful future for many of the young people who reside within this area (Gurman, 2013). Five Points began as an upper/middle-class neighborhood, not reflecting what one would imagine when thinking about the community today. The streets were flourishing with successful family-owned businesses as well as a diverse population. As society continued to develop, the booming economy and popularity of this area began to decline. According to an article titled, History of Five Points Historic Cultural District by Linda Dowlen, “the population [gradually] shifted as many of the initial residents moved to the…

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