The History and Background of the Non-Traditional Prison Gangs
In addition to the
"traditional" prison gangs identified on the
Prison Gang page, there are many other prison gangs that are lesser known
and non-traditional but none the
less dangerous, prison gangs. These other prison gangs frequently align
themselves with other prison gangs who may have similar cultural or
criminal beliefs. In some instances prison gangs (and street gangs)
have been known to have truces with rival prison gangs strictly for the
purpose of facilitating their criminal activities; i.e. supply and
distribution of narcotics.
the following non-traditional prison gangs usually have the largest number of members in the
corrections system in which they originated, many have spread (through
the interstate compact system) to other state departments of corrections
as well as the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
In many instances the gangs have multiple tattoos to represent the gang.
Tattoos are used by gang members for identification and intimidation.
Inmates who are not a member of a particular gang, but are found to
be wearing the gang tattoo, risk having the tattoo removed from their
body by violent means, or even death.