INFLUENCE OF PRISON GANGS
It's now for a long time that I'm actively roleplaying in San Andreas Correctional Facility and provide the community with prison roleplay to the fullest. Since early days, I have noticed how players who have never been exposed to prison roleplay are not aware of the influence prison gangs have on the prison politics (term to be explained) and on their race. Moreover, it's been disappointing to acknowledge how players are not even aware of racial segregation in prison. I've decided to create this guide, focusing on the prison politics and the variety of prison gangs and their influence of their race. I will not present the different prison gangs by name, but focus on the influence of each race and the responsible entity regulating it.
INFLUENCE OF PRISON GANGS IN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES
Throughout the 60's and the 70's the prison gangs became the fundamental figures in correctional facilities, an inmate who doesn't follow the program, he gets regulated (assaulted, in severe cases even killed). Starting with The Mexican Mafia (EME), more groups of inmates declared themselves as prison gangs and slowly developed into powerful security threat groups, following with The Brand (Aryan Brotherhood), Black Guerilla Family and the Nuestra Familia. These four prison gangs were inspiration to future prison gangs to form after their members getting validated (indefinitely isolated).
Prison gangs are playing vital role in the prison politics. In most correctional facilities, prison gangs are the ones to control the politics and introduce the outsiders to the program. They are not only important for the politics, but they also provide protection to their race members and they enforce the program on them, willingly or unwillingly.
Prison gangs in correctional facilities basically dictate the norms, the tasks, the ideals and the agenda of the inmates falling under their ethnic cars. There's no inmate who decides to serve his sentence on his own, separately from their race and the program provided by the responsible figure.
INFLUENCE OF PRISON GANGS ON THE STREETS
As The Mexican Mafia (EME) gained more and more control over the correctional facilities in California, the prison gang rooted to the streets, enforcing more and more street gangs to join their umbrella. The influence of the prison gangs on the streets, to this day, is enormous. Prison gangs are known to be actively involved in unlawful acts out of the mainline (slang for prison), controlling the bricks (slang for streets). The prison gangs are empowered to influence the activity of and even subdue a street gang; the top notch notorious prison gangs have gained a lot of respect and renown on the bricks over the last few decades.
Prison gangs have connections and they're directly plugged to suppliers and are known to supply contraband to other street gangs. They're tied together with other street gangs and some of the street gang members are known to be invited and actively collaborating with the prison gang from the outside. Inmates who fall under their car are very often ending up as the footsoldiers and even members of the prison gang when they get discharged from the correctional facility and get back to the streets. Matter of fact, the ex-inmates find themselves more loyal to the prison gang than the street gang they're a part of. These prison gang representatives on the streets are honored by other street gangs and they're often known to be high-up members of a street gang.
The prison politics are some kind of agreement between the races in the prison. The prison politics are ahead of anything else, these are the key to order and key to stable social life in prison. If an inmate do not accept the politics and do not blend with the ideals set, he will find himself dead sooner or later.
The prison politics are all that matters to a prison gang, when it comes to ideology. It's what makes a prison gang influential and important for their race. Prison gang that doesn't blend with the prison politics is not even considered to be a pawn on the monopoly board. It's like ABC in prison, and if an inmate doesn't know the ABC, he's clueless about his fate and he wouldn't be able to survive among the other races and the different groups in prison.
One of the most important ideals the inmates are programming under is that when a fight breaks in, all of the witnessing inmates who spot their race member endangered, step in the fight and support his race member. Race in correctional facility is all that matters; in that incident report it is evident how two inmates of separate race find themselves supported by over 130 other inmates due to that ideal.