There are STG’s that were created outside of the prison walls and were formed on the inside as those members became incarcerated. There are STG’s that are active both inside and outside of the prisons. No matter what kind of gang it is, every gang presents serious problems and concerns for the prisons and for law enforcement outside of the prisons. Of the numerous gangs that operate in the prison systems today there are a few that are larger and better known then others. Some of those larger gangs include, The Aryan Brotherhood, The Black Guerilla Family and The Mexican Mafia.
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.
Prison life can be very treacherous. Overcrowding exaggerates conflicts and tensions that occur on an average day, which makes the task of keeping the prison secure and safe. Inmates within the prison as a rule are joined by racial groups; at times the racial groups are joined together by gang affiliation. The prison’s surroundings impact the institutional management and custody by the mounting populace and the gangs within the facility. The rise of gang membership has divided the shared system into contending groups, which amplifies the potential for violence.
That experience gave me a whole new aspect of the people behind the law. There are many ethical issues/problems in the prison system that needs to be evaluated (in my opinion). Ethical Issues/Problems #1 (Officers against Inmates) Inmates are placed with different levels of crimes. For example: Inmate Jones is doing time for murder in the 1st degree (Level-High Classified) and Inmate Smith is doing time for robbery in the 2nd degree (Level-Medium Classified). These two inmates along
REGARDING NORTHERN STREET GANGS: The Nuestra Familia (NF) was organized in the Folsom State Prison in 1968, due to the abuse and victimization from the Mexican Mafia, or EME. The Nuestra Familia has an amount of control over Illegal Street and prison activity. Most of the NF members were from Northern California. The Nuestra Familia and other Northern structure gangs identify with the color red and symbols XIV, X4, the number 14 and 4 dots. The 14th letter in the alphabet is “N” or ENE for Norte or Nuestra Familia.
To begin, here is some background on the gangs that will be discussed. One gang that has grown rapidly throughout the years in New Jersey is the Bloods. The Bloods are an African-American gang that started in Los Angeles, California. The primary reason why the Bloods are so huge and notorious today is because they wanted to compete against the intimidation and rivalry of the Crips. It all started when the Pirus, a set underneath the Crips, separated during an internal gang war.
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.
A lot of research into institutional aggression has focused on aggressive behaviour in prisons, and has led to the development of two theories: the importation model and the deprivation model. Phychologists have proposed two majour explanations for aggresion between prioners and Prisons. Interpersonal factors (Importation model) and Situational factors (Deprivation Model). The importation model (Irwin and Cressey, 1962) This explanation focuses on the personality characteristics that prison inmates take into the prison with them. For example inmates with values, attitudes, experiences, and social
Prison Life and Strategies to Reduce Recidivism Student’s name: Institution: Prison Life and Strategies to Reduce Recidivism Introduction All societies in the world acknowledge the fundamental role that prisons and jails play in ensuring that law breakers receive the punishment they deserve. At the same time, prisons offer the offenders an opportunity to reform and become better people in the society. In the United States, an estimated two million inmates are housed in jails and prisons of the country. Statistics indicate that a large percentage of these prisoners is comprised of people who have been imprisoned in the past, as well as, those who have not been inmates in the past. The issue of prison conditions and the impacts they have on the future lives of inmates has attracted significant interest in the American society.
Prison gangs offer protection to their members and also try to control the sale of drugs, tobacco, and alcohol inside the correctional facility. In addition, many prison gangs involve themselves in prostitution, assaults, and murders (Prison Gang Profiles, 2006). Prison and law enforcement officials have replaced the