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The Rise of Hybrid Gangs

The Rise of Hybrid Gangs

On the street and even in prisons, gang culture is changing, and your investigative assumptions, methods, and practices must change as well.

January 15, 2019

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

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

As a former prison gang member, I'm ashamed to look in the mirror because my failures are staring back at me.

October 21, 2013

How One Gang Corrupted 13 Baltimore COs

How One Gang Corrupted 13 Baltimore COs

Anyone who has worked in the jail or prison for any length of time is probably aware of the psychological manipulation practiced by many sophisticated inmates and gangs. They commonly employ tactics designed as corruption ensnarement traps.

May 23, 2013

'Evil Evan' Ebel and the 211 Crew

'Evil Evan' Ebel and the 211 Crew

The 211 Crew is a white-supremacist prison gang. The loosely structured group had its early formation in the Denver County Jail, and its members included a wanna-be rapper and white inmate whose crime partner was black.

March 25, 2013

Sureño Fight Club

Sureño Fight Club

While in custody, most Sureño gang members are educated in martial arts fighting tactics and are primarily trained in fighting with edged weapons. The culture of jails and prisons is a knife culture. Jail-improvised weapons start with "shanks" but can include spears, clubs, zip guns, and bombs.

November 26, 2012

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

California Security Housing Unit (SHU) Reintegration and Reform

California Security Housing Unit (SHU) Reintegration and Reform

Most prison gang leaders will be released into the terrible jungle where they will try to obtain two things they care about the most: drugs and power. Once the titans come down to dwell with gang mortals, the gangland utopia will usher the next prison gang golden age.

August 23, 2012

The Black Guerrilla Family Prison Gang

The Black Guerrilla Family Prison Gang

The Black Guerrilla Family was founded by George Jackson, a former Black Panther and excellent orator who rallied inmates by speaking about the system's injustice to prisoners, especially black inmates. He vowed to form an organization that would support his imprisoned people like a family and become a vanguard in the coming revolution against the U.S. government.

July 17, 2012

Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY) Gangs

Dropouts, jail informants, child molesters, and other "softies" segregated in the Sensitive Needs Yards (SNY) of California prisons are forming gang sets of their own. Unencumbered by the big four prison gangs that control the main yards, they use their criminal skills and the power of intimidation of their new dropout gang.

May 15, 2012

Sureños: Understanding Kanpol and Pilli

Sureños: Understanding Kanpol and Pilli

Sureños identify with the color blue and use tattoos with the number 13, sureño, sur, south sider, or "kanpol" (a word taken from the ancient Aztec language of Nahuatl that means southerner).

March 14, 2012

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