Notorious Prison Gangs

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Prison Gangs

By: John Clark

CJ 130 Intro to Corrections

Prison gangs have been known to cause more violence within prison walls than anything else. It is amazing to understand how all of these gangs coordinate operations from inside prison walls. The most notorious prison gangs are the Aryan Brotherhood, Black Guerilla Family, The Folk Nation, The Mexican Mafia, and the most dangerous MS 13. The Aryan Brotherhood is a white prison gang and operates organized crime in the United States. This gang has an estimated 19,000 members in and out of the correctional system. Statistics show that the gang makes up less than 1% of the prison population. However, this small number of 1% is responsible for up to 21% of murders in the federal prison system. The Aryan Brotherhood participates in drug trafficking, extortion, inmate prostitution, and murder-for-hire. Within prison walls, they have a complex level of power within the gang. There is really no “King” or “President” of the gang however the FBI has found that Barry Mills, Thomas Silverstein and Tyler Bingham are few of the men with the power to order murders and be in charge of the drug trafficking along with other crime. This notorious gang is also partnered with the Mexican Mafia due to the fact that the Black Guerilla Gang is the top enemy of both of them. The Aryan Brotherhood is thought to have been created by a small group of Irish bikers in 1964 who were housed at San Quentin State Prison. Here is where most of the state prison inmates affiliated with this gang are held. However, there are more members of the gang in federal prisons such as ADX Florence than any other. The gangs oath is “An Aryan brother is without a care/He walks where the weak and heartless won’t dare/For an Aryan brother, death holds no fear/Vengeance will be his, through his brothers still here.”

The Black Guerrilla Family is a prison gang created in 1966 by...
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