Security Threat Groups/Gangs in Prisons

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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 Dallas Scott to fight the Black Guerrilla Family and was originally a white supremacist group. By 1975, the Aryan Brotherhood was throughout the California Corrections system.(2006). As their notoriety increased and the memberships grew, they established a chain of command modeled on the structure of the Italian Mafia. They communicated through a third party and established drug trafficking, security, extortion and gambling rackets in prisons. Leaders with multiple life sentences worked out of solitary confinement in some of the highest security prisons in the US. Now, the Aryan Brotherhood is no longer racially motivated. Instead, they are now focused on power in the system. They now work closely with the Mexican Mafia as one of their greatest allies. The Aryan Brotherhood is well known in several prisons. These include San Quentin State Prison in California, California State Prison, Pelican Bay State Prison in California, United States Penitentiary Marion Federal Prison in Illinois, Folsom State Prison in California, California Institution for Men, Harris County Jail in Texas, Estelle High-Security Unit in Texas, Garner Correctional Institution in Connecticut, Lompoc Federal Prison in California, High Desert State Prison in

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