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Prison Gangs
David Vary
Bryant & Stratton College
Mr. Robison
12 October 2013

  This paper is going to describe the gangs in prison. I will give the history of the first gangs and present gangs in prisons. The paper will also explain what activities that they are involved in and how to prevent future problems in prison.

History of Prison Gangs
    The first known American prison gang was the Gypsy Joker formed in the Washington State prison in the 1950’s. The first prison gang with nationwide ties was the Mexican Mafia which formed in the California Dept. of Correction in 1957. The Texas Syndicate emerged in 1958 in the Deuel Vocational Institute in California. The La Nuestra Familia (“our family”) was established in 1960 in California’s Soledad prison. The Black Guerilla Family emerged in San Quentin in 1966. The Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacy group, was formed in 1967 in San Quentin prison by white inmates to oppose the racial threats from the black and Hispanic inmates and/or counter the organization and activities of the black and Hispanic gangs.
      The main activities that the gangs are involved in prison are the making of money by drug trafficking, gambling and prostitution and creating problems with other gangs. The Black Guerilla Family was one of the more politically charged revolutionary gang that scared the prison management and the public.

    The present gangs in prison today are the Crips, Bloods, Dixie Mafia, MS-13. The Crips is one of the largest gangs in the United States, founded in Los Angeles in the late 1960s. The Crips developed and rose in strength due to the breakdown of community leaders in the African American community following the LA riots. The gang earns there profit from the selling of narcotics and crack cocaine. The Bloods originated in Los Angeles in the 1970s as a response to the Crips and the violence in the 1980s, they are driven by the selling of Crack cocaine. The Dixie Mafia is a...


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