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would you join a racist prison gang in order to protect yourself?
Anything's worth doing if it means not geting bummed.
Not boys with drainpipes and floppy hair.
Ain't no Indians in Cali prisons.
That won't help when 18 stone killing machines are reaching for the improvised shanks!
FSPs are the country clubs. USPs are a whole different story. And mostly the superviolent are kept locked down all day.
Now, personally, I've spent some time at the most violent prison in the country, Salinas Valley. (Drugs are illegal kids!) It's right next to Soledad, where I've also had the pleasure...but back to gangs.
Joining in with the crazy motherfuckers is likely to have the exact opposite effect. They stab each other to pass the time, eh. If you stay away from gambling, sex, and drugs you'll be fine. If you bump into somebody you say "excuse me." The guy in the next cell shot the mailman in the head cos he didn't get the piece of mail he was looking for, eh.
White boys are more lax about gang shit. Mexicans are different. If you're young, you're in, that's it. So here's how California breaks down: Whites run with the Southerners and the border brothers. Northerners run with the blacks and others (asians etc). Problems usually arise when something happens between two guys in different races. So don't be smoking black dude's cigarettes!
Sometimes the shit breaks out for everybody and sometimes its just between specific groups. Personally, one of the greatest things I saw was when 25 Northerners kicked the shit out of 75 Southerners (who think they own the fucking place). The moral to that story is: When in a knife fight, bring a knife!
So the answer is no. I didn't join any stupid fucking prison gang and I survived just fine. I did learn how to play the guitar though...so it wasn't all bad.
I guess I've been watching too much Prison Break/Lock Down, etc, it makes it seem as though (for whites at any rate) it's a case of having to join a gang or go it alone.
How long were you sent down for?
Famous criminals I met/saw: The Onion Field killer, Tex Watson (from the Manson family), Lyle Menendez (Hollywood kid that killed sex abusive daddy and mommy for $), hit man for the Teflon Don (what was his name again?); leader of Hessian motorcycle gang killer dude... uhm, there's others.
Here's what prison is: 98% boredom punctuated by 2% sheer terror.
it makes it look like everyone ends up dead. you're not dead!