Gang code within a code

Gary Klivans has discovered a numbers-based code embedded within the Bloods gang code

Editor's note: Gary has done tremendous work to decipher the ornate secret code used by the Bloods gang both inside and outside of prisons. His article, Gang Codes: Unraveling the 'Bloods' history mystery ran on Corrections1 a year ago. In this new article, Gary describes his discovery of a code within the original code. Please find the rest of Gary's work on gang codes by going to his columnist page.

By Gary Klivans

I discovered a code used within a code when I deciphered a Blood gang code which was used in a 19 page document confiscated in Pennsylvania. The code symbols were complex and ornate, and within the confiscated material were two smaller documents describing the history of gangs on the West Coast.

The discovery
In this illustration you can see a page that contains both codes. I identified this as a Bloods gang document because it uses the identifier “031”.

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