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Organized Gangs In Prison Essay

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Since the 1960’s organized gangs in the American Justice System have been a growing problem. Drug trafficking, continued violence, and overrunning prisons are a few of the main challenges that the justice system faces when trying to control these gangs. Based usually on race, these gangs are believed to be some of the most dangerous in the world and are only getting larger. Even though measures are being taken to try and prevent these gangs from growing in size, most attempts fail as the gangs are becoming too prominent and too powerful.
Prison gangs by definition are criminal organizations that originated within the penal system and they have continued to operate within correctional ...view middle of the document...

The largest prison gang in the United States actually didn’t start in the states; instead it started in Puerto Rico. Neta, is the largest and most violent prison gang, with approximately 7,000 members in Puerto Rico and about 5,000 members in the U.S. Neta chapters in Puerto Rico exist exclusively in prison; once an inmate is released from prison they are no longer considered a member of Neta. In the United States, Neta exists both inside and outside of prison in 36 cities and 9 states, primarily in the Northeast region. Neta’s main source of income is from the retail distribution of powdered and crack cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and other drugs.
The Aryan Brotherhood, also known as the AB, was originated in the late 1960’s in the San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections. The majority of the members of the AB are Caucasian males, and the gang is primarily active in the Southwestern and Pacific regions of the U.S. The main source of income for the AB is from the distribution of cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other drugs. Some AB members have relations with Mexican Drug Cartels that smuggle illegal drugs into the states. With their relations with the Mexican Mafia, the AB has a strong hate towards the La Nuestra Familia due to the fact that the Mexican Mafia and the La Nuestra Familia are old rival gangs. The Aryan Brotherhood is also very famous for their murder-for-hire policy and is known as one of the most violent gangs in the U.S.

The Black Guerrilla Family, originally the Black Family, is an African-American run prison gang out of the states of California and Maryland. Originated in 1966 in the same prison as the Aryan Brotherhood and other notorious prison gangs, the BGF is the most politically oriented of the major prison gangs. The BGF was formed as a Marxist/Leninist revolutionary organization with the goals of: eradicating racism, maintaining dignity in prison and overthrowing the United States Government. The BGF has anywhere from one hundred to four hundred members who are all required to take an oath of alliance that is a life long pledge to the group. Much like other prison gangs the BGF accrues income through distributing several drugs, which are obtained from the La Nuestra Familia and Norteno members or from local Mexican drug-traffickers.
The La Nuestra Familia and its subordinate organization Nortenos are highly structured and extremely violent prison gangs. Originating in the California penal system, the Nuestra Familia has an estimated 250 members, while its subordinate has an estimated population of over 1,000 Mexican-Americans. The Nuestra Familia was originally formed for protection against the Mexican Mafia and thus created a deep hatred between the two gangs. The Nuestra Familia operates both in and out of prisons by extorting drugs to and from the streets of the Pacific region of the U.S.
The last gang that will be brought to attention is the Texas Syndicate. The TS is one of the largest...

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