Law enforcement and other agencies cannot provide the specific number of gangs currently active in Detroit, Mich., because Detroit’s gangs primarily are neighborhood-based, forming and dissolving on an ongoing basis. There are at least 2,500 confirmed gang members in Detroit, as reported to CBS Local.Know More
While Detroit has a few gangs with nationally known names, such as the Latin Counts, most local gangs revolve around a school district or some other neighborhood affiliation.
As of Aug. 2013, roughly one in every 28 Detroit residents was connected to gang activity, according to the head of the Detroit Crime Commission. As of April 2011, approximately 1.4 million gang members across more than 33,000 gangs were criminally active throughout the United States, according to the 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment.Learn more about Crime
Some names of active gangs in Wisconsin are Black Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, Spanish Cobras, Insane Unknowns, Vice Lords and Imperial Gangsters. These gangs are active in the city of Milwaukee.Full Answer >
The 1960s saw the birth of prominent gangs that included the Aryan Brotherhood, the Black Panthers and the Crips. Although each gang was unique, all three were considered to be dangerous and violent by law enforcement.Full Answer >
Some of the reasons why people may join gangs include desire for protection, family tradition, peer pressure, lack of a basic need, excitement and desire to be popular. These causes may be facilitated by high-risk factors such as unemployment, domestic violence, negative friend network, poor academic performance and poverty.Full Answer >
Gangs have direct effects on a community, such as increased levels of crime, violence and murder. Gangs also have long-term or delayed implications in that gang members are more likely to drop out of school, struggle with unemployment, abuse drugs and alcohol or wind up in jail. These factors not only harm the gang members, but they force taxpayers to contribute to welfare and community-assistance programs.Full Answer >