Criminal Street Gang History

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Criminal street gangs has a long history, dating back to the first person, Luke Pike(1873) to document the existence of Gang active in England during the 17th century. Youth gangs who terrorized the neighborhoods by vandalizing property, breaking windows, fighting and wearing colored ribbons that identifies their gang. The United States became a melting pot during that time as people entering from diverse, ethnicity and religion. The appearance of gang activity emerged into four major regions: the Northeast (New York City), Midwest (Chicago), West (Los Angeles), and South region. (Sante, 1991, pg.198). In 1783, the first well-organized gang called Forty Thieves, made up of local thieves, thugs, and pickpockets (Haskins, 1974). The first well