Prison gang activity

Formed out of correctional systems across the United States, prison gangs have established themselves as powerful and disruptive entities for law enforcement. Through structured hierarchies, strong ideological and racial ties, and brute force a handful of major gangs have permeated state and federal correctional institutes as well as the larger community. Among the longest standing and most notorious of the gangs, the point of origin was largely in the western United States. The Aryan Brotherhood, La Nuestra, Black Guerilla, and Mexican Mafia all find their roots in the prisons of California between the 1950s and 1960s.

These gangs have used and developed around the segregated nature of prison life, encouraging alliances with some while fostering hate for others. Through recruitment and drug trafficking, these gangs have grown and been able to amass power and money, all from within the restraints of prison walls. With some members imprisoned for life and others repeat offenders, the intricate networks and ideologies of the gangs are continually perpetuated to new, easily influenced prisoners.

Though many were established and continue to function under a facade of brotherhood and protection, the violence and financial enterprise has overshadowed bonds of friendship. Possible sources include: Wagner, Robert. “Prison Gangs. ” Gangs or Us. 2009. http://www. gangsorus. com/prisongangs. html. Site has individual information on the four major prison gangs mentioned above. Danitz, Tiffany. “The Gangs Behind Bars. ” BNET. Sept. 28, 1998. http://findarticles. com/p/articles/mi_m1571/is_n36_v14/ai_21161641/pg_2 tag=content;col1.

Article details prison gang activity and hardships of law enforcement in curbing their activities. There is some concentration on Texas penal system but also addresses countrywide impact. “Aryan Brotherhood. ” Freedom of Information Index. Federal Bureau of Investigation. http://foia. fbi. gov/foiaindex/aryanbro. htm. FBI file on Aryan brotherhood. Outlines history and activities while under investigation by the FBI per freedom of information act guidelines. “La Nuestra Family.

” Freedom of Information Index. Federal Bureau of Investigation. http://foia. fbi. gov/foiaindex/lanuestrafamily. htm. FBI file on La Nuestra family. Outlines history and activities while under investigation by the FBI per freedom of information act guidelines. “Mexican Mafia. ” Freedom of Information Index. Federal Bureau of Investigation. http://foia. fbi. gov/foiaindex/mafia_mexican. htm FBI file on Mexican Mafia. Outlines history and activities while under investigation by the FBI per freedom of information act guidelines.