Pelican Bay State Prison: War Zone Marquette Steffke CJA/314 August 27, 2015 Gary Howard Pelican Bay State Prison: War Zone Pelican Bay State Prison is well known for an intriguing reputation. The reputation is withheld through gang leaders whom desire to enter the doors and dominate others while gaining an even better reputation for themselves. The prisoners within Pelican Bay commonly set a goal to gain entrance to this prison because it is more like a reward than a punishment. Gang leaders and members gain more strength and skill upon admission. This prison represents the theory of social structure due to the environment the criminals enter allowing them to continue down a negative path.
and the Mexican mafia control the smuggling of the drugs that come into the prisons. Since both are rivals of Nuestra Familia they watch each other’s back. The Black Guerrilla Family is also one of the the enemies that they have in common. Througout the years the A.B. has perfected crime and has sent a strong message to both the prison guards and law enforcement officers.
The influx of prisoners poses issues such as gang rivalries, and violent confrontations, not only among the prisoners themselves but also between them and the prison guards. At Corcoran State Prison, on “gladiator days” officers forced rival gang members to fight, and shot them both for entertainment(Schlosser). In private Juvenile detention centers such as YSI facilities, staff often choose to not report most assaults and major fights to avoid scrutiny for violating their contracts and the rules of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Overcrowding also leads to inconveniences such as double-bunking, which urges aggression, violence, and stress-induced mental disorders. The incarceration system in the United States has inflicted much damage on societal well-being, caused by privatization of prisons, war on drugs, and overcrowding of prison cells.
Organized crime contains of a collection of individuals who have a structured plan or an agenda of corruption. Organized crime groups generally commit illegal acts to obtain power. Organized crime also commits these acts for financial gain, and strong influence or reputation among the same criminal organization or in the public’s eye. Although, the power or prestige obtained in society’s eyes does not necessarily mean that individuals in society know of the corruption that the individuals in power are participating in. When I first hear the words “organized crime” I think of mafias and gangsters.
An example of defiant individualism are gangs that are capable of producing benefits for their members and other people in society, they as well work in their rank, and regulating leadership. He also goes on explaining gangs in times of immigration and how these communities have developed in the Unites States. Some of the gangs that are brought from other countries are like Chinese and Vietnamese which they have a long history of gangs in their own societies prior to immigration. These gangs are involved in drug trafficking and gambling. The article continues on by trying to see what gangs are involved with and their progression of consuming or selling drugs and to sharpen their power to not only the society but to their competitors against the other gangs.
Cartels are the suppliers of drugs to gangs in and out of prison. If our government doesn’t want crime in the streets, then “stop the cartels”. Horrifying things have happened to people who have stood in the way of the cartels. Murder, slaughter, and torture are mainly it. I am against the murdering of innocent people.
Soldiers have a strong sense of commitment to their set and are extremely dangerous because of their willingness to use violence both to obtain the respect of gang members and to respond to any person who “disrespects” the set. “Associates” are not full members, but they identify with the gang and take part in various criminal activities. To the extent that women belong to the gang, they are usually associate members and tend to be used by their male counterparts to carry weapons, hold drugs, or prostitute themselves to make money for their
Political corruption does not stop with the politicians. Criminal organizations are gaining influence and control over police commissioners, judges, prosecutors, customs agents and other very influential parties. By controlling the politicians, crime groups are able to sway the outcomes of court trials; they are able to import illegal contraband into the country and are able to commit criminal acts while law enforcement officials look the other way. Simply put, organized crime is gradually gaining control over this country and its
Making, transporting, and delivering alcohol required manpower. Because each step needed to be carefully coordinated with the next, gangs of criminals formed in highly organized businesses. Their success encouraged competition, and organized crime flourished (Benson, “Organized Crime”). Gang leaders did not want to keep relying on random people to help them with their illegal business so they had set guys to do their work but it also caused for other people to want "in" on there business which caused conflicts between gangs and sometimes resulted in death. As organized crime gangs competed for more business, violent encounters became common.
Northern cliques may have conflict with other Norteno gangs on the streets, yet in prison they will bond together for protection under the leadership of the Nuestra Familia. The Nuestra Familia has a chain of command that oversees every Norteno gang in California. Nortenos have been identified in nearly every state in the United States of America. Nortenos have continued to be heavily involved in murders, felony assaults, thefts and drug sales. Northern gangs are bitter enemies to the EME and Southern street gangs.