Pirson Gangs Essay

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Pirson Gangs



Prison Gangs

With as much gang violence that occurs within the community today you can pretty much
assume that the same can be applied outside of the community. It is thought that by
taking these violent gang members off the streets the violence will lessen. This may be
true in bettering the community but the violence will still continue in the prison
systems. By presenting this paper I plan to review gang violence in the prison systems
along with an explanation of the gangs themselves. Also, certain gangs will be discussed
and thoughts on preventing these gangs will be presented

The first thing I’d like to present is the basic definition of what a gang really is. As
society has stated, it is a group of individuals, ranging in size, that requires a name,
symbols, a territory, and participation toward criminality. Gangs that exist within
prisons are just manifestations of street gangs and are beginning to show signs of the
biggest threat for U.S. prisons. It is noted that some prisons are not even run by the
staff due to the rise in the formation of prison gangs. Control of the system becomes
extremely difficult in times like this.

Individuals join gangs for many reasons. Protection from others is one main reason along
with the chance to be part of a “family”. Racketeering, black-markets, and racism also
comes into the view of reasons for joining. Money can be a huge factor due to the illegal
activities that take place within the gangs. Gang involvement has been formed into a
business of guns, drugs, and money that tend to warp the mind of young individuals. As
gang members grow older their actions will usually end up with some punishment, for
instance incarceration. A great amount of the gang members within the prisons have had a
number of gang experiences on the streets leaving them already informed of the basic
rules. It has been found that prison gangs are formed better then those on the outside.
They tend to be low key, discreet, and even stealth like organizations. Members will
usually be watched over in examination of their actions. Questions dealing with the
threat they put on others are looked at and seriously monitored. The idea of life-long
membership is a huge rule with a lot of these prison gangs. The saying “blood in, blood
out” is used quite a bit with these organizations, extending the leadership and membership
beyond the prison. Any action that breaks such rules usually results in the death of that
member.

Statistics have shown that prison gang involvement grows yearly from California all the
way to Massachusetts. Noted in 1997, 147,000 individuals in the prison system were
involved in a gang. Also, between 1985 and 1992, the involvement of gangs grew two to four
times. Of the 143,00 inmates of the Texas prisons system, 5,000 of them have been
identified as gang members and another 10,000 individuals were to be under suspicion. In
Illinois, it was stated that 60% of the prison population were involved in some sort of
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