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Once inside I was walked through a gauntlet of desperate men Theirhot smell in the muggy corridor was as foul as their appearance None of themseemed to have a full set of front teeth Many bore prominently displayed tattoosof skulls or demons One could argue whether it was the look of these men thatled them to prison or whether it was the prison that gave them their look Justlooking at them made me fear for my life Hassine 7 Most inmates incorrectional facilities felt the way that Victor Hassine felt on his first day in acorrectional facility in Pennsylvania called Graterford State Prison New inmatesare seen as fresh meat They fear their life Most of these inmates findInmates join gangs for protection Gangs in correctional facilities are moreof a necessity unlike street gangs People dont need a gang to survive in thestreet because there are other ways one can find help a family protectionbelongingness etc But in correctional facilities ones outlets are limited Onespreoccupation in jail is survival which leads inmates to change their habitspersonality and even their values Living in an environment where anunexpected smile could mean trouble a man in uniform is not a friend beingkind is a weakness and eye contact is a threat doesnt leave one much of aThere are numerous gangs in correctional facilities but among the mostcommon are the Latin Kings Five Percent Nation and the Netas Some gangs inthese facilities are extensions of neighborhood street gangs Their names arebased on their urban location like the 21st and Norris Gang the 60th andMarket Gang and the 10th Street Gang in Philadelphia There are also lesscommon prison gangs like Los Solidos Latin Locos G27 Nation BrotherhoodElm City Boys 20 Luv and Esses White gangs almost always originate in prisonand are a minority They are not well-structured or well established They areusually made up of members who are often strangers to each other most ofthem brought together by the color of
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