Prison Gangs

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In the United States there are six major prison gangs that are recognized nationally for their participation in organized crime and violence. They are as follows from largest to smallest in member size. There is the Neta, Aryan Brotherhood, Black Guerilla Family, Mexican Mafia, La Nuestra Familia, and the Texas Syndicate. By definition a gang is a group of people working together or a group of persons working to unlawful or antisocial ends; especially: a band of antisocial adolescents.

The Association Neta has taken the forefront as the largest most organized and most violent prison gang. Neta was formed in Rio Piedras Prison, Puerto rico in 1979. The original intent of the gang was for the protection of inmate rights the gang quickly evolved into a highly organized criminal organization within the Puerto Rican prison system. Neta is considered the fastest growing and most violent gang within our prison systems. The Neta is primarily male and the ethnicity of there members are Puerto Rican- American or Hispanic. Some more characteristics of Neta is that they use there gang as a façade or front of a cultural organization. Their philosophy is "independence for the island" or "Puerto Rico" They see themselves as oppressed people who are unwillingly to be governed by the Untied States. Members are required to procure 20 perspective recruits a piece. As with most gangs any disrespect shown to an individual Neta Member is looked upon as disrespect to the group as a whole and is usually dealt with violently. Members usually dsplay the Puerto Rican flag and are known to carry Neta id cards. Neta members are secretive and will not freely admit membership. A classic Neta tactic is to keep a low profile while other Hispanic groups draw attention to themselves. They've made a place for themselves in the drug trade and extortion, and perform hits for other STG's (security threat groups).

The next largest gang is the Aryan Brotherhood or AB. Made up of...
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