The article clearly states the issue of gangs in prison and the threats they pose to the prison population as well as the prison employees. It gives an example of how an institution attempts to control the prison population by keeping track of some prisoners while in jail and when they are released into society. It has had many ramifications, which have been clearly illustrated in several prison systems in the country. It is relevant to the issues and politics going on in the prison, such as racial issues, killings and threats to the prisoners and the guards.
Despite the minute number of gang members in a general prison population, the author believes them to be very disruptive and costly to the prison system. Here, the author illustrates the severity of the issue by stating what the effects of gang members are in a prison and how, despite their incarceration, they are powerful enough to wreak havoc in society. However, I do believe it would have been more effective if it were to use examples from a prison population that symbolizes the average or typical gang membership.
The perspective of the issue is to model the system that Texas has integrated, which has been seemingly effective. I do understand from this article that trying to coax the prisoners out of group or gang affiliations has proven to be a moot effort, considering the fear some of these prisoners have of the consequences, such as no protection or harm to their loved ones or themselves. The research perspective seems to be that of a criminological and political stance. In the criminological evaluation, it is apparent that these gangs have deep roots within the prison as well as in the community.
The prisoners and members outside of prison are being tracked and monitored. From a political standpoint, the prisoners seem to have a very well organized system that forces the prisoners to be in favor of it. As mentioned in the article, that is just the politics of prison. Putting them in isolation has been the only way to control the issue because these gang members are very loyal and the gangs are quite organized. The framework tends to be psychological, sociological and economical. These avenues are explored.
It is stated here that if three people are put together, two against one becomes inevitable. This article focuses on divisiveness by racial segregation and a hierarchy within the prison population. Survival of the fittest is also an avenue explored in this article. There are many dynamics that go into being a part of a gang and the psychological effects upon a person are inevitable. The economical point of view is explored in touching upon Texas and the building of new prisons to racially integrate prisons and obliterate or at least lessen gang violence amongst prisoners.
The author has definitely taken into account the research and the relevancy of it. I do not see any counterintuitive research here. The research that has been done seems to have a positive effect on the prison population. The racial integration seems to suppress gang violence in this documentation. I find the conclusion valid and the research relevant. The outcomes seem to be conducive to the study and the article does a fine job of summing this up. The argument is quite sound.