Gangs in Prison

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Gangs in Prison

The Aryan Brotherhood

The Aryan Brotherhood originates in the CDC (California Department of Corrections) and BOP (Federal Bureau of Prisons). The Aryan Brotherhood was founded in San Quentin, California in the 1960s. The founders were members of other gangs from the 1950s called, “Bluebirds”, “Diamond Tooth Gang”, and the “Nazi Gang”. Barry Mills and Tyler Davis are now the leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood.

Their basic beliefs and mission is they believe in the betterment and preservation of the white race, in separatism, that no foreigner should rule over the white race, that all who are against or oppress the white race are sworn enemies, in the rights of the white race, in the right to teach white children of the Aryan cultures and heritage, believe only in the support of the white race, and that it is important to guide the upbringing of white children, as they are the heirs to the future.

The Aryan Brotherhood is known to be strongest in the southwest and pacific regions. They are weakest in northeastern regions, where the African-American population is more dominant. It has been stated that the Aryan Brotherhood is growing. As of now, there are approximately 500 members. The criminal activities that they are involved in are murder, kidnapping, racketeering, and drug distribution. At least one example of how dangerous it is in prison for these members is the ABT leader Kelly Ray Ellery and other members ordered subordinates to kill a prospective member and make it “messy as possible” to send a message to gang members to cooperate with law enforcement. They also ordered to return the man’s severed finger as a trophy.

The Black Guerilla Family

The Black Guerilla family originated from San Quentin Prison in 1966. The founders of this gang are George Jackson and W.L. Nolen. Their basic beliefs and mission is to eradicate racism, maintain dignity in prison and overthrow the United States Government. They are strongest in San...
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