Great article on one of the most closed areas in corrections: security threat groups (STGs). The article addresses identification and management – and by management, the author means interference. Read the article here.
The only issue that I have – not just with this article but with gang identification strategies in general – is that staff can sometimes go overboard in profiling inmates as gang-affiliated. It is a truism that inmates often form associations along racial lines, understandable in the tense prison world. Gangs also tend to aline along racial lines. However, every Hispanic inmate who talks to Hispanic gang-affiliated inmates is not automatically in the gang. Staff sometimes jump the gun in seeing gang activity everywhere.