Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons Essay

1480 Words Mar 29th, 2011 6 Pages
Running Head: SECURITY THREAT GROUPS/GANGS IN PRISONS

Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons
Nicole Sage
Kaplan University

CJ130-03
Nancy Thode
January 18, 2011

Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons
In our prison systems today, many different gangs pose a threat to our correctional staff and other inmates. In the United States, gangs exist in forty of the fifty states. These gangs bring violence, drug trafficking and racial unrest to our correctional system.
The Aryan Brotherhood was formed in 1967 in San Quentin State Prison in California. They were originally comprised of Irish decent and former members of the fifties biker tips such as the Diamond Tooth Gang and The Bluebird gang. The Aryan Brotherhood was founded by
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They attempted to kidnap Judge Harold Haley causing law enforcement to open fire. The judge, a bailiff and one BGF member were killed in the shootout. George Jackson survived, was apprehended and sent to maximum security San Quentin.
The Folk Nation is not one specific gang. It is an alliance of many gangs. These gangs are the Black Gangster Disciples, the Black Disciples, Gangster Disciples, La Raza, Cobras, Eagles, Latin Disciples, Maniac Latin Disciples, Simon City Royals, Spanish Gangsters, Two Sixers and the International Posse. Folk Nation was formed on November 11, 1978 within the Illinois Department of Corrections. Larry Hoover, the leader of the Gangster Disciples, created the idea for the alliance of these gangs. Folk Nation is based in the Chicago area and has spread throughout the US and Canada, specifically in the Midwest and South.
The Mexican Mafia was founded by Luis “Huero Buff” Flores in 1957 at Deuel Vocational Institution in California. The territory of the Mexican Mafia includes the US federal prison system and Southern California. The Mexican Mafia is involved in extortion, drug trafficking and murder in the prison system. The purpose of the Mexican Mafia was to show their Maya and Aztec heritage as well as protect its members from prison guards and other inmates. Now they focus on primary ethnic solidarity and control of drug trafficking. Federal…