Identifying and Addressing the Gang Problem in the Virgin Islands
Text of Criminal Law 122 Spring 2012 Professor Whitaker Group 5: Operation Order
Group 5: Operation Order University of the Virgin Islands CJU
Definition of a gang Several indicators and risk factors
Explanation of how the issue has affected the community Detailed
analysis of the issue supported by research. A problem-oriented
strategy to address the issue.
Individuals who mingle with various likes and differences are
considered gangs. Not all gangs are bad or violent. Gang violence
refers to the violent acts that the gang commits towards other
gangs or the general public. Gangs participate in many acts; some
are fighting, robberies, and even murder.
Group of three or more The group commits criminal activity. The
group has at least a common name, sign, color or symbol (clothing).
Unemployed or employed and have more money or possessions Staying
out later than usual Carrying weapons
HAND SIGNS Used to show allegiance to a specific gang.
SYMBOLS & TATOOS Gangs use symbols to identify their gang.
This gang is called Mara Salvatrucha, clique- Centrales.
Graffiti are not all gang related. Links to gang (graffiti is
an issue in the Virgin Islands) Identifies territory or turf Used
to send messages.
Gang activity such as drug/alcohol use, firearms Violence
against family members or gang members Lack of alternative
activities Poor school achievement Lack of respect for authority
(parents, teachers, law enforcement officers) Theft Gang violence
are affecting cultural & social events (jouvet, parade,
village) Gangs are a problem for everyone.
On January 9, 2012, two men were shot to death at Estate Grove
Place on St. Croix. This incident occurred in a housing community
known as Mutual Homes. Assailants were unknown. According to St.
Croix Source, on January 28, 2012, a man was found dead at his
Boetzberg home in St. Croix. No motive or details or the cause of
death were made available.
In St. Thomas, on February 6, 2012, two teenagers were shot
multiple times in the Sugar Estate area. Also, on February 24,
2012, a 24 year old was found shot to death at the Paul M. Pearson
Gardens Housing Community; two other men were wounded.
A 20 year old inmate at the Golden Grove Correctional Facility
was arrested in connection with an incident. H. K., allegedly
struck a correction officer in the face with a chair and cut the
officer in his hand with a shank while being taken to his prison
cell following a court appearance . According to St. Croix Source
he is one of three suspects arrested for an Aug 29 murder of a 25
yr. old..The murder was believed to be ongoing and gang related
based of the indicator and gang involvement.Retrieved from:
Jouvert was stopped when numerous fights broke out along the
A bill to crack down on gang members was approved Thursday by
the Senates committees on Public Safety, Homeland Security and
Justice, sending it on for further consideration. Police
Commissioner Henry White Jr. said the bill is needed badly in order
to track down gang.
Be a positive role mode. Do everything possible to involve your
children in supervised, positive group activities. Praise your
children for doing well/encouragement. Get to know your childrens
friends and their parents. Set limits for your children, enforcing
them. Do not allow your children to dress in gang style clothing,
to practice gang hand signs, or to write gang graffiti on any
surface, including their bodies.
Identify at risk students and students who are already gang
members. Encourage sports, drama, music, art, and positive
activities. Do not allow anyone to wear gang clothing. Photograph
and remove all graffiti from school grounds. Promote after school
programs. Work with parents, counselors, School Resource Officers.
Ensure that gang and drug prevention are part of the curricula.
St. Croix Source. (V.I. Source Publication (2012) Inc.
Addressing Community Gang Problems: APractical Guide (BJA,
1998)www.iir.com/nygc/PublicationLinks.htm#CAYG National Crime
Prevention Council: Teens, Crime, and the Community
www.ncpc.org/tcc NC Gang Investigators Association