Neighborhoods and Delinquency
How does one know for sure whether or not their family is being brought up in the right
type of environment? An abundance of people raise their children in neighborhoods where the
youth may be pressured and lured into situations that can generally lead to only problems and
complications. There is not necessarily one right answer to prevent this from happening. It is not
as simple as keeping adolescents from getting into bad situations by locking them up a closet
their entire lives; however, there can be other ways to approach and deal with these types of
issues involving juvenile delinquency. Nowadays, the area in which a person lives and raises
their families, may have a significant amount to do with the circumstances in which their kids
get involved with gang affiliation, drugs and committing violent acts.
To begin, there are numerous places where which gangs or gang affiliation is present, yet there are certain areas in which gangs are more apparent. For example, according to an article from SF gate, “A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the slaying of another teenager near a troubled Oakland apartment complex, authorities said Tuesday…The slaying happened in a neighborhood where two buildings had recently been condemned because of code violations and fears of imminent gang activity, and police suspect that Erik and his killer were members of rival gangs.”(SF Gate). Henry Lee who wrote this article gives a perfect example of how many young teens are getting into gangs. This shooting happened in Oakland were a lot of violence goes on, because low income families live in the bad neighborhoods their children grow up with many bad influences around them. Another example is, in reference to this article from SF Gate, “The action came a week after police noticed that nearby buildings were covered with gang graffiti and that gang members had punched holes through the walls of the...
Cited: Lee, Henry K. "Teen Charged in Slaying near Gang Apartments." San Francisco Chronicles [San Francisco] 30 Sept. 2009. Print.
Juvenile Deliquency." World Youth Report (2003): 1-24. Print.
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