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Cellphones Helped Start Deadly SC Inmate Riot, Prison Chief Says

Cellphones Helped Start Deadly SC Inmate Riot, Prison Chief Says

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said cellphones helped stir up trouble Sunday night at the Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville. He says the fights started in one unit and appeared to be contained before suddenly starting in two more units.

April 16, 2018

Aryan Gang Member Gets 28 Years for Shooting at CO Officer
ICE Arrests 976 Gang Members and Associates During 'Project Wildfire' Surge

Idaho Inmates Claim Gangs Run Prison

A gang war that appears to have taken over parts of an Idaho private prison is spilling into the federal courts, with some inmates contending prison officials are ceding control to gang leaders in an effort to save money on staffing.

November 13, 2012

Killer Collected $30K In Unemployment From Prison

Killer Collected $30K In Unemployment From Prison

A Southern California gang member received $30,000 in fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits while he was incarcerated and funnelled the money into the accounts of prison gang members.

March 5, 2012

Barrio Azteca Members Plead Guilty To Conspiracy Charges

A U.S. citizen and Mexican national admitted to working with the gang in buying and selling illegal drugs on the streets of El Paso. They confirmed that the gang extorted money from drug dealers operating on the gang's turf.

December 2, 2011

FBI: Gangs Responsible for 48% of Violent Crime

FBI: Gangs Responsible for 48% of Violent Crime

Increasingly sophisticated street gangs committed 48 percent of violent crime, as they expanded their criminal activity and networking with broader criminal organizations.

October 25, 2011

Edged Weapons

Edged Weapons

Gang members on the street and inside prisons acquire edged weapons to use in close-quarter attacks on rival gang members or law enforcement officers. Street gang members typically will use fixed-blade knives, daggers, folding knives, butterfly knives or other utility tools, while inmates fashion their own jail-made shanks and other weapons from boot reinforcements, bed wiring, and other materials. Don't miss POLICE gang expert Rich Valdemar's "Edged Weapons and Gang Culture" blog post.

February 1, 2011

Interpreting Gangster Clothing

Interpreting Gangster Clothing

Have you ever wondered why gang members wear the ridiculous costumes that they do? Why do they wear their pants sagging below their butts exposing their underwear? There's actually a company that stitches boxer-type underwear into the baggy pants to achieve the baggy pants clown look. POLICE gang expert Richard Valdemar explains the information to be learned from gangster clothing. Valdemar provided the images.

February 3, 2010

White Gang Tattoos

White Gang Tattoos

The Aryan Brotherhood, which is also known as "AB" or "The Brand," is a primarily white prison gang with about 15,000 members in and out of prison. According to the FBI, the gang makes up only one percent of the prison population, but is responsible for 18 percent of all murders in the federal corrections system. Members use symbols in their tattoos such as swastikas, SS lightning bolts, the number 666, and Celtic imagery.

August 7, 2009

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