Essay about Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons

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Running Head: SECURITY THREAT GROUPS/GANGS IN PRISONS

Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons
Nicole Sage
Kaplan University

CJ130-03
Nancy Thode
January 18, 2011

Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons In our prison systems today, many different gangs pose a threat to our correctional staff and other inmates. In the United States, gangs exist in forty of the fifty states. These gangs bring violence, drug trafficking and racial unrest to our correctional system. The Aryan Brotherhood was formed in 1967 in San Quentin State Prison in California. They were originally comprised of Irish decent and former members of the fifties biker tips such as the Diamond Tooth Gang and The Bluebird gang. The Aryan Brotherhood was founded by
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High-ranking members halted new recruitment, which has caused the doors to the Mexican Mafia to close for the time being. Examples of how dangerous the Mexican Mafia is in our prison system starts on February 6, 1993. Mexican Mafia members murdered Jose Uribe in Los Angeles County jail to keep him from testifying in a court trial. Another example took place in 2002. Mexican Mafia members stabbed prison inmate Jabilia Barragan to death at the High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California because he disrespected one of the gangs Lieutenants. MS-13 or Mara Salvatrucha was formed in the 1980’s in Los Angeles as a self-defense mechanism against rival Mexican gangs after fleeing death squads in civil-war-plagued El Salvador. MS-13 is known to be the largest gang in North America. It consists of mostly Salvadoran nationals or first generation Salvadoran-Americans as well as Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Central and South American immigrants. The MS-13 operates in at least 42 states. Their population is highest in the western and northeastern states. MS-13 is involved in drug trafficking and distribution and murder in the prisons interiors. They are located in several California State Prisons, Long Island, New York, Norfolk City Jail in Virginia and southern Maryland. MS-13 is also involved in illegal immigration and human smuggling into the US. On May 13, 2006, Ernesto “Smokey” Miranda, an ex high-ranking soldier

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