I just watched this piece by Laura Ling on Current.com regarding the control of prison populations by organized prison syndicates such as Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood. The organization is always along racial lines and transgression by their members is always punishable by physical harm or death. The piece is somewhat short, but captures a general feel for what life must be like for these societal outcasts. I commend Ms. Ling on her courage and hope that she will go on to produce a more in-depth work regarding our overly punitive, incarceration nation and how our American socio/economic macro-structure correlates to prison organization micro-structures as well as how the two intersect.
Here is the video, with more commentary to follow.--Pete