PRISON GANGS - Inside the Mind of a Gangmember
From a Correctional Officers Perspective
Some of the most brutal crimes committed in and out of prison have come as a result of prison gangs. Prison gangs have dangerous reputations and the deadlier a gang is known to be, the more evil it's members are expected to be. Prison gangs compete for the most dangerous of reputation. Members of prison gangs such as the Texas Syndicate and Mexican Mafia are expected to commit terrible crimes in the name of the organizations cut-throat reputations.
According to the dictionary, a "Sociopath is a person who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience". Many adult offenders in prison gangs are indeed sociopaths. Many hard-core prison gang offenders care little about the pain they inflict to their victims or their families. All they care about is representing their gang and maintaining the gangs deadly reputation. With a deadly reputation comes power and dominance inside of prison.
Most gang members are followers and are incapable of making decisions for themselves and lack confidence. Gang followers are extremely eager to please and will do anything to prove their loyalty to the gang they represent. Gang members can not fight, trade or even associate with others without a leaders approval. Many gang followers have low IQ's and are easily manipulated. Prison gang followers become subconsciously numb and follow orders without a second thought. They do as they are told because they trust their gang leaders. They believe in their gang just as a most citizens believe in their country.
Prison gang members often have extremely possessive
personalities. Blood in - Blood Out, an extremely controlling gang
requirement probably originated from a possessive mind. Just like
a jealous and dangerous spouse, one dare not 'betray' the gang. The
violent assaults and murders of ex-gangmembers come as a result of
gang jealousy and control.
Let’s take 50 year old Jorge “Wero” Hernandez and actual offender serving multible life sentences. Hernandez is an active member of the Texas Syndicate, a violent prison gang that is responsible for over 80 prison slayings in Texas. Hernandez is currently serving 2 life sentences for committing 2 prison gang related murders in TDCJ’s Ellis unit. Hernandez was 23 years old in 1983 when he first stepped into a Texas prison with a 10 year sentence. He joined the Texas Syndicate soon after he entered prison and fatally stabbed a rival Mexikanemi member 35 times in 1984. He was convicted for that murder while in prison and received an automatic life sentence. Feeling he had little to lose Hernandez killed a second time soon after and received an additional life sentence. Hernandez will spend the rest of his life in an 8 by 12 ft solitary cell in the maximum security J.B. Connally state prison. The greater the blood, the greater the glory. The murderous reputation of the Texas Syndicate gang became Jorge Hernandez's own self esteem.
Offenders join prison gangs for the convenience of power
and the benefits of funds and protection.
Nothing can be more difficult for an inmate than walking into the prison for the first time.
Prisoner Arsonists and Prison Fire Outbreaks
The victim’s hands were severed and placed on his chest
The demand of alcohol behind the walls is so great that inmates are willing to pay big...
Every year, hundreds of incarcerated inmates are extorted by violent prison gangs.............