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NCJ Number: 161578 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Blurs Gang Colors to Reduce Violence
Journal: Keepers' Voice  Volume:17  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1996)  Pages:35-37
Author(s): G Judson
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 3
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After nearly losing control of its prison to gangs in the early 1990's, Connecticut has restored order by offering violent gang members a choice: repudiate your blood oath to the group or serve your entire sentence locked in a cell 23 hours a day.
Abstract: Connecticut sends gang leaders to a maximum-security prison, the Garner Correctional Institution, where they are told there is only one way out of permanent lockdown. That way is 5 months of classes and counseling designed to instruct them in how to control anger, how to trust people, and how to survive outside a gang. If they make it to graduation, their reward is a standard- issue khaki uniform, instead of the canary-yellow jumpsuit they wear at Garner; they are released back into the general population of inmates, where they are expected to avoid their former gang. Of 195 men who have graduated in the last 14 months, only four have violated their new oath to the Department of Corrections and have been returned to Garner. Prisons that were the origins of many gangs are calm again. Although civil- liberties advocates are concerned about locking down inmates based on gang affiliation, they acknowledge that prisons have wide latitude in handling such inmates, especially those who commit violent acts in prison.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Connecticut; Inmate misconduct; Prison Gangs/Security Threat Groups; Violent inmates
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