What are characteristics of delinquent gangs? How do these characteristics influence the understandi

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What are characteristics of delinquent gangs? How do these characteristics influence the understanding of criminal behavior?

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What are characteristics of delinquent gangs? How do these characteristics influence the understanding of criminal behavior?Delinquent gangs are made up of juveniles from the same ethnic or racial group and the same gender. There are both male and female street gangs but many gangs do not have male and female members. The delinquent gang will wear certain colors and use hand signals that are meant to show they are from a certain gang. The delinquent youth gang uses graffiti to mark their territory and do not hesitate to use violence in order to address any infringements on their territory or any other perceived grievance. Juvenile gangs emerge in lower class areas where there is a large amount of crime and neglect in the community. A "tribal youth subculture" is emerging among youth in which kids gain status by devaluing others, gang attire is routine, and violence is glorified (OJJDP, 2001). The violence displayed in delinquent gangs also becomes a popular part of pop culture and is displayed on media outlets viewed by teens. This creates the emergence of the gang environment in middle to upper class environments but the majority of these gangs are found in lower class

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