Canada: Rise in prison gangs fuelling violence, drug trade

From the article: “Corrections Canada has seen a 44 per cent jump in gang members in federal prisons in the last five years, to 2,040 in 2012 from 1,421 in 2007, according to the documents obtained under access to information.”

Similar to American prison security threat groups (aka gangs), Canadian gangs use their power to engage in criminal activities, such as the contraband and drug trade and extortion of weaker inmates.

“Some measures taken to combat the gang problem include more training, more intelligence officers, more collaboration with police and justice partners and a prohibition of gang colours and paraphernalia.”

Read more here.

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