Gang violence is a growing concern among law enforcement officers in the United States. Over the recent past, there has been an alarming increase in the number of gangs, with a corresponding increase in the number of gang-related incidences. Gang activity occurs mainly in the densely populated areas and larger cities. An example is the City of Chicago, which has a relatively higher population compared with other U.S. cities. Chicago has recorded the highest incidences of gang-related homicides, making it one of the most dangerous cities to live. From my observations, most gangs sprout in regions where there are high poverty rates, low educational attainment, and overcrowding. These deplorable conditions force many young individuals into a life of crime. In communities where there is breakdown of moral values due to reasons such as high poverty rates, people are likely to engage in crime because of disillusionment.
High poverty levels in the society contribute to increased incidences of crime. Individuals find it difficult to break the endless cycle of poverty due to lack of opportunities. In areas with high poverty levels, educational standards are also low. Majority of youths drop out of school…………………………………….