Hierarchy of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs

This discussion will allow you the opportunity to discover the formal structure of outlaw motorcycle gangs.Although many street gangs have a leader or “president,” outlaw motorcycle gangs have a more formal structure. Consider the structure and its effect and respond to the following:How does the formal structure of outlaw motorcycle gangs affect the way in which the gangs conduct themselves as individuals and groups?How does the formal structure and impact make these gangs different from street gangs?We had super predators, that’s been largely poo-pooh’d. What about bikie super clubs(Links to an external site.)(gang)Read:RequiredValdez, Gangs: A Guide to Understanding Street Gangs (5th ed.):Chapter 3: Activity Based Gangs (pp. 346-357)Module notesView:RequiredOutlaw Motorcycle GangsDownload Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs[PDF File Size 1.6 MB]Outlaw motorcycle gangs are very different from the average street gang. Although many street gangs have factions in many cities throughout the United States, few have the formal, structured organization that outlaw motorcycle gangs have.There are more than 800 outlaw motorcycle gangs in the United States. Most local, state, and federal agencies recognize only five to ten of these gangs as being the most notorious and the most powerful. Many of these gangs have been around for many years and have been involved in many types of criminal activity. Although many of these gangs refer to themselves as “clubs” instead of gangs, they still adhere to a strict set of bylaws that outline the philosophy of the gang. Most of the top ten gangs have gone global and have chapters in numerous countries around the world which makes it easier to hide criminal activity as well as members from the eyes of the law.
Members of outlaw motorcycle gang in organized crime indictment video.(Links to an external site.)(2010, June 15). Retrieved from http://youtu.be/2LI39eVhPgE7046064 hours agoGang Crime, MontanaSelect the following link for a plain text version of this graph.Level of Gang Involvement in Certain Offenses Plain text file.The chart shows the level of motorcycle gang involvement in different types of crimes. Historically, drug manufacturing and distribution are two of the most prevalent.Reference:Steyee, J. (2011, April 15). Montana gang threat assessment 2011(Links to an external site.)[PDF file size 7.7 MB]. University of California. Retrieved from http://mbcc.mt.gov/Data/SAC/Gang/Final_MGTA.pdf