When prison gangs become organized crime: Studying protection arrangements and their consequences

R. V. Gundur, Rebecca Trammell

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Abstract

Despite interest in the subject, the study of prison gangs has been meagre since the late 1980s. Occasional studies appear, but they tend to focus on only the largest prison systems in the US. This introduction to this special issue, , provides an overview of notable literature on the emergence and evolution of prison gangs, their relationships with protection, and their organized criminal activities. Moreover, the articles in this special issue explore important questions: How might we study prison gangs at a large scale? How do prison administrators’ responses to prison gangs cause prison gangs to adjust their power structures? How do prison gangs seek to establish protection arrangements? And what happens when prison gangs successfully establish protection arrangements beyond prison walls?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-377
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Organized Crime
Volume25
Issue number4
Early online date17 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022

Keywords

  • Organized crime
  • Prison gangs
  • Protection
  • Social order

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