A prison is a rough place, but when you through in some of the hardest prison gangs in the country prison becomes a really difficult place to have to spend time. This guide is a comprehensive look at the gangs that are within the United States prison system and gang profiles of the most notorious gangs that run the institution
Prison gangs are made up of inmates that organize and operate within prisons in the United States and worldwide. These gangs also thrive on the outside and often gang members that see prison time fit right in with the inside prison gangs. The below will shed light on some of the more notorious prison gangs inside and outside the walls of the United States.
Local: United States Prison System
Range: All States
Members: From 100’s to 1000’s
Criminal Activity: Drugs, Robbery, Prostitution, Killings, Kidnapping
US Gang Profile
According to the FBI report on Gang threats, 88 percent of gang members are on the streets and 10 percent of gang members are currently in prison. There are roughly 33,000 gangs within the U.S and almost 1.4 million gang members.
Gang members generate income from various different illegal methods. From prostitution, robbery, drugs and more. Gangs are sophisticated entities with a lot of planning from the top down. A lot of larger gangs use legitimate business to front and funnel illegal money from illegal doings on the streets. California prison system houses the second largest inmate population with the United States. The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any other nation. one in 108 adults.
Differences between prison gangs and street gangs
There are differences between street gangs and prison gangs and although some of the largest gangs with high ranking members behind bars are still calling the shots from prison. There are similarities at the surface but there are differences to each. You can learn a lot more about this by watching a video from Policeone.com. The interviewed a corrections officer and gang expert Todd DePalma to discuss the differences between prison gangs and street gangs.
How gangs took over prisons
Gangs like we said earlier are sophisticated organizations. Despite what many think, gangs and their members think things through just like someone in business would do. What is your best move here, how to gain the information required to be better than your competition? These types of scenarios are played out again and again within prison yards. From top commanding gang members to new recruits who follow orders when given. Prison gives inmates time to think and with this time a person can and do beat the system until they do not and get caught. Make no mistake about it these inmates may be behind bars but they definitely run the prison.
Gangs like larger companies can start to dominate their surroundings. As gangs grow in number and strength they slowly or quickly can take over a prison in terms of what can come in and out of the prison. Who gets punished or killed, and who owes what and for how much. There is a great article written by The Atlantic. They did a very robust article on how gangs took over prisons and it is a great insight as to how prison gangs move behind bars.
Most dangerous prison in North America
The below are in no particular order but they do possess one thing in common. They are considered by many to some of the most dangerous prisons systems within the United States. If you commit a horrible crime you could face going to one of these prisons. We know there are many other dangerous prisons within the United States but these are some of the worst.
USP Hazelton – West Virginia
Located in West Virginia this prison is a federal prison in the United States for male inmates. It opened in 2004 and houses about 1,291 total inmates. It has been nicknamed Misery Mountain by inmates.
ADX Florece Facility – Colorado
Located in Florence, Colorado this facility houses some of the worst of the worst offenders. This maximum Facility opened in 1994 and is nicked named the Alcatraz of the Rockies.
Holman Correctional Facility – Alabama
This maximum security prison is located in Escambia County Alabama and is a very dangerous place in terms of prisons. This prison is nicked named the Slaughterhouse.
San Quentin State Prison – California
Located in San Rafael California this prison is one of the most notorious prisons in the country. It is a maximum security facility that opened in 1852
United States Penitentiary, Beaumont – Texas
This is a maximum security federal prison for males in Texas that was first opened in 1998. This is one of the toughest prisons within Texas.
Folsom State Prison – California
This prison is also notorious and dangerous. It first opened in July 26, 1880. It is a maximum security prison and one of 35 adult institutions operated by the California department of corrections
United States Prison Gang Profiles
The below represents some of the more dangerous and large prison gangs that the United States prison system has within its facilities. There are many smaller gangs within different parts of the nations prison system however below are the most dangerous and largest in terms of size. A lot of these gangs are also on the streets of our Nation.
Location: Prison/ Streets
Black Guerrilla Family
Location: Prison / Street
Members: 5,000 (U.S)
Location: Prison / Street & Puerto Rico
Mexican Mafia (La Eme)
Members: 1,000 +
Location: Prison / Street
Nazi Low Riders
Members: 1 -5 thousand
Location: Prison / Street
Location: California Prison / streets
Dead Man Incorporated