Crips and Bloods: A Guide to an American Subculture by Herbert Covey

By Herbert Covey

Regardless of the risks and vicious realities intrinsic to highway existence and illegal activity, the no-holds-barred way of life of gangs keeps to curiosity mainstream the United States. This provocative booklet presents an insider's inspect the tradition of 2 of the main infamous highway gangs—the Crips and the Bloods.

Crips and Bloods: A consultant to an American way of life strains the evolution of the 2 gangs, overlaying their origins in South critical l. a. to the organizations' present presence in the course of the usa. the writer analyzes the ways that the group way of life is created, promoted, and perpetuated; indicates how the teams at the moment recruit their participants; and explores the methods Crip and Blood tradition has extended past the gangs into the bigger mainstream society.

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38 For example, one study concluded that the Crips, Bloods, and Gangster Disciples had the most representation in military-trained gangs. 39 Some of these military-involved Crip and Blood members have been involved in crimes such as drug trafficking, robbery, assaults, and homicides. To some degree, this is to be expected, as the military often reflects the society from which it stems. 40 Besides concern over the crimes committed by these gangs, there is also alarm over gangs’ access to and training with more sophisticated weapons.

Estimates of the number of Crip and Blood gang members differ greatly depending on several factors. How gangs are defined, imitative behavior by others, law enforcement overidentification, gang attrition, media attention, and fluid membership influence the estimates of the extent of these gangs. 18 How activities, such as crime, are counted can affect our perception of the extent of gang presence. For example, if two known Bloods independently commit a crime without their leadership’s approval, does that crime get counted as a gang crime or simply a crime committed by two individuals who also happen to be gang members?

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