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NCJ Number: 168703 Find in a Library
Title: Gangs and Gang Identification
Journal: Jail Operations Bulletin  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:1992  Pages: -
Author(s): C Thorne
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 5
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This bulletin instructs jail officers about inmate gangs and explains how to understand and control the activities of gang members in the jail.
Abstract: Many youth are attracted to the perceived glamour and safety they associate with gangs. They also expect that the gang will meet social and emotional needs that have not been met by their families or mainstream society. Because of the popularity of gangs, there is an increase in the number of gang members in jails. This increasing number of inmate gang members has led to increased violence, drug trafficking, and the use of weapons in jails. Gang members smuggle drugs into the jail to sell to other inmates, to control other inmates, and to show off their abilities. Often they will enlist the aid of inmates who are not gang members. Jail officers must learn to identify gang members and to separate rival gangs. In order to maintain control over gang activities, it is important for officers to learn members' monikers and learn to read gang graffiti and tattoos. The more an officer knows about the jail population, the better that officer will be able to manage the inmates and reduce problems. Otherwise, the officer may find that the gang members, through their numbers and their powers of intimidation, have gained control over the other inmates. Review questions and 5 suggested readings
Main Term(s): Prison Gangs/Security Threat Groups
Index Term(s): Correctional in-service training; Correctional officer training; Graffiti; Jail management; Jails; Juvenile gang behavior patterns; Tattoos
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