The Precautions, Steps, and Measures Taken to Control
Gangs and Security Threat Groups in Prison
Western New England College
In prison it is understood that there is violence and unruly conduct due to the very nature of being incarcerated. Because of anti-social behavior and actions of inmates prison becomes a society within itself. This paper focuses primarily on gang violence in prison and the procedure and methods used by correctional officers to limit the amount of violence by these gangs. Also, juvenile gang control and the future of gang violence in prison will be discussed.
The Precautions, Steps, and Measures Taken to Control Gangs and Security Threat Groups in Prison
Gangs in America have multiplied at such an extreme that even the smallest counties have reported some forms of gang activity in their communities. When members of these gangs are arrested and convicted on felony charges; they are put into our correctional system and disregarded by the public. However, many of these gang members stay together in prison putting themselves, staff, and other inmates at risk of violence. The troubles presented by gang affiliated inmates until recently have not been widely researched. Due to increasing violence and gang activity numerous steps are now being implemented address gain affiliation in our prison system.
Contrary to most of societies popular beliefs, gang affiliated inmates do not make up the majority of incarcerated inmates. In a 2002 national survey only 15,398 gang affiliated inmates were locked-up in state and federal prisons. Many states reported fewer than 1000 gang affiliated inmates in their correctional system. (Kawucha, Marquart, & R, 2006) Despite gang member’s low numbers in correctional facilities, the problems they cause are disproportionate to their numbers.
Gang members have been recognized and researched in prisons since the...