Essay on Modern Day Prison Gangs

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Modern-Day Prison Gangs and How They Operate
Angel Ruby
March 21, 2013
American River College
Modern-Day Prison Gangs and How They Operate There are several different prison gangs currently in power within the prisons today. There is the Mexican Mafia, La Neustra Familia, Black Guerrilla Family, and The Aryan Brotherhood. Though each gang has separate syndicates, these four gangs remain the most influential (A. Ruby, personal interview, March 19, 2013). How these gangs operate depends on the prison they occupy. While each of these gangs was initially created to survive in ethnically segregated situations that is not the case any longer. Currently the aspirations of these gangs have to do with protection, money, and reputation,
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When the violence of the power struggle began to spill out onto the streets, the FBI took action. They created “Operation Black Widow”. Through this operation the FBI was able to obtain evidence on five of the six members of the “mesa” and sentence them to federal prison. They were taken from state prison and separated to different prisons across the United States. There is currently one leader of the NF now. There is still a “mesa” but it contains only four members now and they answer to the one boss (A. Ruby, personal interview, March 19, 2013). Beneath the NF is the Northern Structure (NR) and beneath them are the Norteños. Norteños are the street gang members who do the majority of the footwork for the NF. The NF’s only other known association besides the NR is the Black Guerrilla Family (to some degree) (Gangs OR Us Gang Identification, 1999). Though currently, more of a “race war” is going on inside the prison system so their tentative relationship might be voided. (A. Ruby, personal interview, March 19, 2013). The main sources of income for Nuestra Familia and Norteños are derived from distributing cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine within prison systems as well as in outside communities and by extorting drug distributors on the streets. Nuestra Familia is also involved in other criminal activities including homicide and robbery (Prison Gangs, n. d.). What is also currently profitable is cellphones and “pruno” also

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