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Prison Gangs Maddie WallaceUT TYLERApril 18, 2016
OutlineI. Introduction A. What prompt did I choose? B. Why did I choose this prompt? C. Identify the reasons for the research and identify central argument for paper. II.. Body - What are some of the largest and most well-known prison gangs in the United States prison system? A. Mexican Gang - Mexican Mafia 1. Where did they originate 2. Who do they affiliate with 3. Who are their enemies 4. How are they identified B. Black Gang - Westside Rollin' 60's Neighborhood Crip 1. Where did they originate 2. Who do they affiliate with 3. Who are their enemies 4. How are they identified C. White Gang - Aryan Brotherhood 1. Where did they originate 2. Who do they affiliate with 3. Who are their enemies 4. How are they identified III. Body - Should state prisoners simply be segregated because of race and gang affiliation? A. Gang members in prison's already segregate themselves. B. My stance on the decision. C. Identify effects of this decision. (include academic literature)IV. Body - Are there any constitutional reasons/ arguments / decisions regarding segregation of inmates by race or gang affiliation? A. Johnson v. California B. Shaw v. Hunt V. ConclusionA. Reinforce the main arguments of the paper.
Gangs in America can go as far back as the 1850's. Many gangs originated from immigrants coming from their own country into America. There are numerous variations of gangs ranging from street gangs, religious gangs, motorcycle gangs, organized gangs and also ethic gangs. Originally, gangs were founded to bring unity and loyalty to individuals who usuallycome from low income backgrounds and lack a spot in what the world calls acceptable socialization. (Malone, 2010, pg.1) Everyone wants to belong to something and feel excepted, and throughout many generations gangs have proved that once you are excepted, you now have your own family unit. Gangs are separated into two different categories, leaders and their followers. The leader of the gang usually referred to as the OG, has the power to call all of the shots. They rarely have to do the dirty work because once you receive the position of leader, you’ve already served your dues. It is their job to instruct their followers to do whatever is on theagenda. Many gang members lack self-confidence and because of this are willing to follow in the footsteps of a leader and the example they set. Most of these members are willing to do whatever it takes to maintain the reputation their gang carries. Gangs have existed throughout prisons nearly as long as they have existed on this planet. They function and operate in prisons very similarly to the way that they operate on the streets of their own neighborhoods. Prison gangs may have started out as a means of protection while in incarceration but today, they have resulted in some of the most violent crimes committed in both prisons all over the country and on the streets of America. Prisons can become the entire world ofa gang member. The goal is to gain the most power in the prison because with power comes respect and with respect comes control. Gangs are no longer small organizations operating within