Prison Gangs

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Prison Gangs Prison Gangs According to (Wikipedia) a prison gang is a term used to identify any type of gang activity in prisons and correctional facilities. The difference between prison gangs and street gangs has become unclear because gang members are in and out of the prison system according to the (Street Gangs and Interventions: Innovative Problem Solving with Network Analysis, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, 2005). Prison gangs offer more than just simple protection for the members in prison; many prison gangs are responsible for drug, tobacco and other contraband handling. Prison gangs often seek to intimidate other inmates and bribe or intimidate prison staff. Prison gangs are a large influence of organized…show more content…
Bangers sent to prison come out looking bigger, stronger, with new enemies, and are hungry to get back on the streets. In an article written by (Steven Krytak from the Austin Legal) there were 18 gang members of Texas prisons that were indicted. In Austin there was a mass roundup of Mexican Mafia members and the authorities were able to round up 18 members of this gang. The gang was known for conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin. The Mexican Mafia members in Austin dominate the Texas prisons throughout the state. The gang recruits members while in prison and upon release that individual will join the street gang. Some of the members who were taken into custody were suspects in a killing of a 35 year old man. During this round up there were multiple suspects taken into custody for murders, drug related charges, many of which were distributing cocaine. In the same article it talks about last year in San Antonio three members were involved in committing nearly two dozen murders. These are the people who are in the prison systems in Texas. Imagine those individuals who join while in prison and are released into society. During this round up the Mexican Mafia General Jacinto Navajar and two lieutenants were found guilty of conspiracy; both were sentenced to life in prison. Many gangs are identified by tattoos the Mexican Mafia has a certain tattoo that is identified as what appears to be an eagle with a snake in its mouth and the word Mexican underneath. In an
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