Gangs In Prisons

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A prison houses many varieties of classes of people or populations. These populations react differently than the other. Each of these populations poses a different problem for correctional administrators. Lack of funds and people caring for inmates are only two of the many problems. Among these populations HIV/AIDS, Female, and Gang populations offer unique challenges in the prison system. Incarcerated populations are more at risk of catching HIV than people outside of prison. Drug use and rapes are the most common ways to pass the disease. Injecting drug users cause HIV to be higher in prisons. These people are often more likely to contract the disease from sharing dirty needles. High risk sexual behavior like rape and unprotected sex causes the transmission of HIV as well (Prisoners and HIV/AIDS). Even though prison is a high risk environment for the disease, combating the epidemic is neglected in prisons. There are no programs available for…show more content…
A gang is an organization of like individuals with a leader that claims control over a territory and engages in illegal behavior. A prison gang originates in a correctional facility or prison. The Aryan Brotherhood, Black Guerrilla Family, and Texas Syndicate are a few of the major prison gangs. These gangs often branch out to other prisons due to transfers. These new gang chapters sometimes become rivals to the original gang (Major Prison Gangs). Prison gangs are responsible for a wide varity of illegal activities. Along with offering protection to its gang members, prison gangs handle the drug, tobacco, and alcohol trafficking inside the prison. They are able and often bribe or scare other inmates and staff to “look the other way” as they commit their crimes. Larger prison gangs can even influence organized crime outside of prison. Sometimes they are responsible for and controls prostitution, assaults, kidnappings, and murders while inside prison (Prison
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