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Gang and Terror Recruitment

This topic features news, tips, columns, and expert opinion on the threat of gang and terror recruitment within the walls of prison facilities.

Between September 2020 and May 2022, a group of inmates housed at Donaldson Correctional Facility used telephone scams called “skits” to trick Home Depot employees into activating pre-paid gift cards
The DOJ said the Mississippi DOC does not have enough staff to supervise the prison population, with job vacancy rates of 30% to 50%
The Idaho DOC deployed its tactical emergency response team after 25 prisoners in two housing units of administrative segregation covered their cell windows
The Multnomah County corrections deputies are accused of “door popping” so inmates could leave their cells and attack other inmates
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the sticker has since been removed — and Sheriff Robert Luna faulted oversight officials for not telling him about the image sooner
The inmate was charged with attempted murder and has been transferred to a different corrections facility in Tucson
The indictment alleges an extensive criminal enterprise in which gang members, including inmates within the Georgia DOC, orchestrated numerous crimes, including murders, attempted arson and drug trafficking inside and outside of GDOC facilities
The contemporary digital landscape is generating vast reservoirs of data that agencies must connect and analyze
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Office asked for the ex-deputy’s bail to be increased, citing his potential flight risk due to possible ties with a Mexican drug cartel
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found COs in Georgia are paid less than COs in other states and 8 in 10 of the arrests were women, often under the age of 30
Inmate Joseph Hutchinson’s death comes one month after Michael Torres, a Mexican Mafia member who controlled rackets in L.A. County jails, was killed on the yard
Recruiting and operating organized crime gang members and bosses as long-term confidential criminal informants is a dangerous game for law enforcement officers
Bulger’s transfer to W. Va. prison was well-known to other inmates and he was beaten to death just hours after his arrival
Father Gregory Boyle recognized for a lifetime of helping former gang members reclaim their lives after prison
COs were assaulted when they responded to a gang-related altercation between prisoners that occurred in an open area inside the facility
Accused lookout in beating death told his mother on a phone call shortly before Bulger came to USP Hazelton in October 2018 that inmates were preparing for the arrival of a “higher profile person”
Sean McKinnon, 36, was on federal supervised release when he was arrested Thursday in Florida on charges including conspiracy to commit first degree murder
Fotio Geas and Paul J. DeCologero are accused of striking Bulger in the head multiple times and causing his death in October of 2018 while all were incarcerated at United States Penitentiary Hazleton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia
The effort by attorneys for accused Aryan Brotherhood member Brant “Two Scoops” Daniel comes as two guards at the prison have pleaded guilty to a cover-up at the facility
Two consecutive governors previously blocked parole for Rene “Boxer” Enriquez in part based on the argument that he is safer in prison than on the streets
Marco Paredes-Machado claims he was classified as a member of the ISIS terrorist group to justify moving him to the maximum-security prison
“Gross understaffing,” “uncontrolled gang activity,” and inmates having “unfettered access to contraband” were among the DOJ’s findings
The brutal attack left the officer temporarily without sight in her right eye
Staffing shortages are so severe at the facility that gangs and “inmate committees” control many aspects of life
Because contraband cell phones played such a major role in the 2018 Lee Correctional riot, SCDC knew they had to up their investigative game
The nationwide lockdown was prompted by fears of potential retaliation and concern violence could spread to other facilities
The surveillance video reveals a department struggling to maintain control
On December 7, 2020, Officer Dale Franquet faced a near-deadly encounter with a prisoner committed to carrying out a terror attack