Typical Identifiers: LNF members may wear red rags. Tattoos may include a sombrero, a dagger, or "NF".
Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons
La Nuestra Familia Prison Gang
A Security Threat Group - STG
Prison Gang Name: La Nuestra Familia
Other Names:LNF, NF, ENE, F, Nancy Flores
Origin and history: Originated in California in the Soledad Prison in the mid 1960's
Ideology/Philosophy: The La Nuestra Familia prison gang was established to protect younger, rural, Mexican-American inmates from other predator gangs, most notably urban, Mexican-American inmates from the Los Angeles area who belonged to the Mexican Mafia (EME).
Membership Characteristics: Members are of Hispanic origin. There is a "blood-in, blood-out" requirement for membership.
Leadership/Organizational Structure: The LNF has a constitution and a paramilitary structure, with ranks ranging from soldier to general. Prison and street segments have separate organizational chains.
Blood in - Blood out
Many gangs, both street gangs and prison gangs, have established horrific guidelines for both joining the gang, or for leaving the gang. The most definitive is the philosophy of "Blood in - Blood out." This philosophy means that the only way a person can join the gang is to shed the blood of someone else. A person becomes a target and the prospective gang members is usually ordered to kill the person. The target may be another gang member, a police or corrections officer, or an innocent person on the street. Membership in some gangs, particularly prison gangs, is for life - the only way out is death.
Gangs have adopted this philosophy for one reason - to make sure that informants or undercover officers do not attempt to infiltrate the ranks. The gangs know that an officer will not kill someone just to get on the inside.
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