The Hot House

Topics: Prison gang, Crime, Prison Pages: 2 (563 words) Published: December 2, 2013

The Hot House
Life Inside Leavenworth Prison:

The forty-two year old convict, Dallas Earl Scott, looked like a cool and collected, devoted husband to his fellow convicts inside prison. But the reality was, and although he denied it, Scott was a seriously dangerous gang member who was a part of one of the most widely known racist gangs called the Aryan Brotherhood. In 1966, Scott was convicted of a bank robbery in California and sent to San Quentin, where he became one of the founding members of the Aryan Brotherhood. Scott spent time at Leavenworth, mostly in the Hole, and also Marion (The Hot House, Pete Early) First, I would like to relate the sections on Dallas Scott to chapter nine in our textbook titled “Prisoners and Inmate Behavior.” In the book, The Hot House, Scott admits to being a “career criminal.” At the young age of twelve, he was already committing crimes. On page 89 he says, “I got myself into another beef and landed back in jail, and the next thing I knew, I was spending more time in than out. I suddenly found myself caught up in the lifestyle.” In chapter nine of American Corrections, specifically on page 273, the text discusses the different types of offenders revealed by prison population figures. I would consider Scott a recidivist or a career criminal, just as he called himself. Also in chapter nine, the inmate code is explained. On page 277 of American Corrections, the inmate code is described as “the subculture that governs inmate behavior and social systems that exist in various prison facilities.” There were principles included in this code, which I find to be very similar to Dallas rules, while in prison. For example, although Scott had his own agenda, in particular, smuggling drugs into the prison, he was still seen by other inmates as “easy going, funny” (Early, 13). He believed in always staying tough and challenging the system, or “the man.” Although Dallas Scott denied being a part of a gang, there...
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