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NCJ Number: 149163 Find in a Library
Title: U.S.A. Perspective on Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs
Author(s): A Richardson
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 94
Sponsoring Agency: California Dept of Justice
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Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This conference paper examines the history of motorcycle gangs in the United States, dominant motorcycle gangs, and gang-related criminal activities.
Abstract: Motorcycle gangs have evolved into structured organizations which use their affiliation with motorcycling clubs as a conduit for criminal activities. Such activities include drug offenses, assault, weapons offenses, burglary, and robbery. Drugs increasingly represent the main source of income for motorcycle gangs. Gang violence resulting from internal conflicts, gang rivalries, power struggles, and antagonism toward law enforcement personnel has also escalated. Dominant motorcycle gangs in the United States are described, including Hell's Angels, Pagans, Outlaws, Bandidos, and Sons of Silence. Other major motorcycle gangs are also noted, and geographic locations are identified. A State-by-State review of gangs and gang-related criminal activities is presented, and news articles on gang law enforcement, arrest, and prosecution are included. Figures
Main Term(s): Motorcycle gangs
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Gang Prevention; Juveniles; State-by-state analyses; Violence prevention
Note: Paper presented at the 17th Annual International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Conference, 1991, Orlando, Florida
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