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Gangs in Prison

Thesis statement: Gangs in prison tend to have both constructive and undesirable impacts on the society, victims, and offenders.

  • Introduction
  • Detailed history of gangs in prison
  • The impact of prison gangs on the society
  • The impact of prison gangs on offenders and victims
  • The consequences or problems of gangs in prison
  • The positive elements of gangs in prison
  • The alternative approach for reducing gangs in prison
  • Policy changes that would help reduce gangs in prison
  • Conclusion
  • A discussion of the overview of gangs in prison
  • Mentioning of what will be addressed in the essay of gangs in prison such as
  • The impacts that gangs in prisons have on society, victims and offenders
  • The consequences or problems that are associated with gangs in prisons
  • The positive elements of gangs in prison
  • Description and definition of what prison gangs are to get a picture of the issue that is being discussed (Brotherton, 2016).
  • A brief history of how gangs in prison began through focusing on the year that it began and what facilitated them to emerge.
  • The reasons that propagate prisoners to join gangs after being sent to prison by the courts.
  • The structure and organization of prison gangs from how they are organized and also managed.
  • To get more organized and structured protection because of the insecurity and harassment that exists in the prisons.
  • To have the opportunity and space to sell illicit and illegal substances within the facility.
  • Increases the consumption of harmful and illegal drugs in the community mainly among the young people.
  • They also tend to influence violence in the society mostly because of influencing people who get out prison.
  • Forming of gangs in the society by those prisoners and inmates that have been released after serving several years in prison.
  • Creation of conflict between inmates and prisoners especially when there are disagreements and arguments.
  • Offenders and victims sustain injuries because of conflicts that may emerge in the prisons especially between gangs (Mitchell, Fahmy, Pyrooz and Decker, 2017).
  • It also leads to deaths of offenders and victims when there are immense conflicts between the gangs in prison.
  • The increase of assaults and attacks in prisons especially on the inmates or prisoners that do not belong to any gangs.
  • Increase of drug abuse and consumption in the prisons because the gangs tend to supply inmates with drugs
  • They usually tend to dictate how every inmate in prison will behave mostly because of the influence and power they have in the prisons.
  • They also, in general, make the lives of normal inmates to be very stressful and hard mostly because of harassment and torture.
  • Promotion of racism and discrimination in the prisons because of the different opinions of gangs
  • The prison gangs help in regulating things like alcohol and cell phones among other things.
  • They also help in keeping order in the prison especially when there are no disagreements between the gangs
  • They also help in resolving conflicts in prison mostly because they tend to control a lot of inmates and prisoners.
  • Most gangs in prisons also help in creating respect as they help in ensuring the inmates engage in legitimate activities
  • They also become a substitute family for inmates and prisoners who have no contact with their relatives or families (Tapia, Sparks and Miller, 2014).
  • Ensuring that prisoners have more contact with their families and relatives which will help in refraining them from joining gangs.
  • Suppressing and isolating the gang leaders with the other prisoners mainly through segregating them.
  • Reducing the number of prisoners in a particular prison facility mainly through the government building more prison facilities.
  • The government should also build more security housing units where the leaders of the prison gangs would be settled.
  • Changing rules patriating to prisoners or inmates who will be found to have created their own gangs.
  • Developing a policy that would encourage people to leave gangs such as reducing sentences for those prisoners that are not involved with gangs.
  • Creating a policy where inmates are on a probation of approximately three to four years for their sentences to be taken into consideration.
  • An overview of everything that has been presented about the issue of gangs in prison.
  • A closing statement on the issue that has been discussed.


Brotherton, D. C. (2016). The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System.

Mitchell, M. M., Fahmy, C., Pyrooz, D. C., & Decker, S. H. (2017). Criminal Crews, Codes, and Contexts: Differences and Similarities across the Code of the Street, Convict Code, Street Gangs, and Prison Gangs. Deviant Behavior, 38(10), 1197-1222.

Tapia, M., Sparks, C. S., & Miller, J. M. (2014). Texas Latino prison gangs: an exploration of generational shift and rebellion. The Prison Journal, 94(2), 159-179.