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Prisons Gangs

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Dori Copenhaver

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Prisons Gangs:
Bryan, Dori, & Matt

Black Guerilla Family
• Shamrock clover leaf
• Initials "AB"
• Swastikas
• Double lightning bolts
• Known to use Gaelic (old Irish) symbols as a method of coding communications

The Aryan Brotherhood has traditionally nurtured a deep hatred toward black individuals and members of black groups/gangs, such as the:
• Black Guerrilla Family (BGF)
• Crips


La Neta slowly transformed itself into a criminal enterprise soon after Carlos Torres-Irriarte was brutally murdered in March 1980 by members of Grupo 27, (Los Insectos), a violent prison gang.
In 1994, La Neta leaders reorganized the gangs constitution and discarded many of its original rules. Members were now required to deal narcotics for the gang and smuggle drugs into prison.

- Gang composed primarily of African American males.
• Origin:
Founded in 1966 at San Quentin State Prison, California by former Black Panther member George L. Jackson.
• Characteristics:
• Most politically oriented of the major prison gangs.
• Want to overthrow the United States government
• The group is extremely anti-government and anti-official.
• BGF has a very strict death oath that requires a life pledge of loyalty to the group.
• Identifiers/symbols:
• Anti-government/anti-official mentality is often depicted in conjunction with the initials BGF.
• Cross sabers and shotgun
• Black dragon overtaking a prison or prison tower
• Enemies/Rivals:
• Aryan Brotherhood
• Texas Syndicate
• Allies:
• Has a very active working relationship with La Nuestra Familia.
Based on Jim Harvey's speech structures
451 KUMI
Black gang that originated in the Folsom State Prison in the mid 1980s
Members mainly from San Francisco Bay/Berkley area of California.
415 represents the area code for the region.
When added together, the numbers 4+1+5 = 10. KUMI is the Swahili word for “ten.”
The 415's advocate "taking back the streets" by any means necessary.
They aspire to resume activities formerly carried out by the Black Guerilla Family.
Have been reported to use prison guards to authorize violence against fellow inmates
Led by a supreme leader, and will cooperate with the Bloods, but not the Crips.

• Members display many white supremacist, neo-Nazi characteristics and ideology, but often state their goals as simply "getting high and getting over," or making their stay in the prison as comfortable as possible.
• Members are ordinarily apolitical.

Aryan Brotherhood
Neta (translation: new birth), formally known as "La Association Netas" was founded in 1970 by offender Carlos Torre-Irriarte in the Oso Blanco Prison in Puerto Rico.
Irriarte, who liked to think of himself as a "political prisoner" formed La Neta to revolt against the prison administration of Puerto Rico.
Fellow members said that Torres created Neta to further the rights of prisoners and "extend efforts to help fellow inmates understand the fight for Puerto Rican independence and other abses that were committed against our communities"
History Cont'
Originated in 1967 in the San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections.

• Founded in 1990 within the Maryland Correctional System.
• DMI founders had many of the same anti-religious and anti-government beliefs as the Black Guerrilla Family and created a similar “white off-shoot” gang.
• DMI now has an estimated 10,000 members nationwide.
• Majority of leadership now coming from the streets rather than prisons.

DMI members often display an eponymous tattoo on their chest, neck, back, or other areas of their bodies. These tattoos may also depict three adjacent skulls, the name of their gang, the Illuminati pyramid or 4,13,9 which are the numerical letters for DMI according to the alphabet.
Nazi Low Riders
First organized as a gang in the early to mid-1970s among inmates housed by the California Youth Authority, the state agency responsible for the incarceration and parole supervision of juvenile and young adult offenders.

White supremacy.

Primarily Southern California, also scattered among other states, including Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois.
Criminal activity :
Narcotics trafficking, murder, assault.

Aryan Brotherhood, various California-based skinhead gangs.

Swastikas, SS lighting bolts, "NLR".
Mara Salvatrucha
La Nuestra Familia

Texas Syndicate
Mexican Mafia
MS-13 was formed in the early 1980s in Los Angeles, by Salvadoran immigrants as a self-defense mechanism against rival Mexican gangs.
MS-13 has around 30,000 members -- 8,000-10,000 of which exist in the US.
Well known for drug smuggling, black market gun sales, theft, contract killing, and human trafficking.
Members distinguish themselves by tattoos covering the body and the face, as well as the use of their own sign language.
Largest prison populations in California and New York.
The "13" is a gang number associated with Southern California.
They consider the number "13" to be lucky and it also shows an alliance with Southern California Hispanic gangs. The number "13" is a reference to the thirteenth letter of the alphabet which is "M."
The entire gang is on the verge of becoming the first gang to be categorized as an "organized crime" entity.
Gang Profile
: Puerto Rican flags, Colors; white, red, and black, heart with letter "N" in the middle, hand with fingers crossed, 150, La Pura Neta, N.D.C., for Neta de Corazon.
The color red represents blood that has been shed or will be shed. White represents peace, harmony, and transquility.
indicates respect Neta members have for those who lost their lives for the Neta gang.
Puerto Rico, New York, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts.
Neta is one of the largest and most violent prison gangs, with about 7,000 members in Puerto Rico and 5,000 in the United States.
Originated in Soledad prison in California in the mid 1960s. It was established to protect younger, rural, Mexican-American inmates from other inmates.
The violent prison gangs founding fathers, Haero Morgan, Robert Joseph Gonzales, Bobby Joe Barkley, and Freddy Gonzales believed that the gang would unite all Northern Hispanic inmates.
Their main objective was to divide prisoners from Northern California and compete with the Southern California based Mexican Mafia.
Their stuggle to gain power over the other groups evolved in the NF's participation in criminal activities in an effort to control the introduction of contraband into the facilities.
The NF operates in a paramilitary fashion. The gang has a Supreme Commander, several generals, regimental captains, lieutenants, and soldiers.
Members are known to wear identifying red rags.
NF members favor large tattoos, often on the entire back.
The number "14" for "N," the fourteenth letter in the alphabet stands for Norte or Northern California.
The Mexican Mafia is the chief rival.
Gang has 8,000 known members.
The Texas Syndicate originated in California's Folsom prison in the early 1970s.
It was established in direct response to the other California prison gangs, which were attempting to prey on native Texas inmates.
The Texas Syndicate has around 20,000 members in prisons and jails state-wide, with more on the outside.
The Syndicate's activities include drug trafficking, extortion, prostitution, protection, illegal gambling, and contract killing.
Released or paroled members who generate money for the Texas Syndicate must surrender a 10% tax ("the dime") of all proceeds that goes towards the gang in prison.
Membership is rising nationally due to recruitment.
The TS now accepts members from Latin American countries.
A TS member is called a "Carnal"
A group of members are called "Carnales"
A TS recruit is called a "Cardinal"
The institutional leader is called the "Chairman"
Gang members must have tattoos with "TS" located somewhere in the design, which are generally located on the back of the right forearm, but they also have been found on the outside calf areas, neck, and chest.
Some rivals gangs: Aryan Brotherhood, and Mexican Mafia
Found by Luis "Huero Buff" Flores, Mundo Mendoza, Joe "Peg leg" Morgan, and Eddie Gonzales in July 1957 at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, California.
The gang was formed as a way to unite all Mexican Americans in prison and protect them from predatory black inmates.
The Mexican Mafia was the first Hispanic gang to make a career out of being criminals.
They control tens of thousands of gangsters throughout the streets of California and operate one of the West Coasts most lucrative drug trafficking enterprises.
The strength of this highly organized paramilitary gang comes from the control it has over most of Southern California's violent street gangs.
Symbols: Black hand of death, EME, 13, Emero, So Cal, Mafia Mexicana, Aztec calender.
Territory: Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, San Bernardino, San Diego, and cities across central California.
Alliances: Aryan Brotherhood, Surenos, Hispanic street gangs in Southern California.
9,000 known gang members
The structure of the EME prison gang consists of a chain of command whereby instructions from generals are carried out by captains, lieutenants, and soldiers.
Ordinarily, each prison has separate leadership.
Dead Man INC
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