SNY Prison Gangs
“Sensitive Needs Yards”
In recent years, the California prison system has established areas within some of their prisons for those inmates who, for a number of reasons, can not be placed in the general population. These areas are called "Sensitive Needs Yards." In other systems they may be known as “protective custody.
Generally speaking, an Inmate who has become a gang member while in prison can not simply walk away from the gang life without some form of retaliation. Their names are placed on a hit list and they become open targets. This could mean his death.
To be placed on a SNY yard, a "dropout" must go through a debriefing period which could last from a few hours to weeks or months, depending on the inmates status within the gang. In other words he becomes, in prison terms, a “snitch”. He must cooperate at all times and this includes testifying against members of his former gang in open court.
While these SNY inmates may have had good intentions when they began the process of dropping out of the gang, once they arrived in a SNY facility, they soon found there were those who would try to take advantage of them. Thus, in many cases, the gang cycle began all over. Over the past decade, many of these "dropouts", who supposedly still fear for their lives, have formed other gangs, which the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDOC) calls "disruptive groups" rather than prison gangs.
The Two-Five Gangsters
The exact date of inception for the Two Five’s (2-5) foundation is not known, but the concept of the 2-5 originated in the mid-80s and is unique in its formation. It consists primarily of prior prison gang members and associates who united for protection.
Unlike most prison gangs who form through ethnic and/or geographic ties, the 2-5's will accept any protective custody inmate whom they consider to be an inmate who is worthy of membership.
A slang term in Spanish for a protective custody inmate is “peseta.” The literal translation of peseta in English is a quarter, hence the name “Two Five.” 2-5 members are known as “Carnales” and refer to each other as “Cinqueros” Spanish slang for Fivers. Members also refer to the 2-5 as El Numero, Spanish for The Number. The influence of the Mexican Mafia is evident with the use of nicknames and slang to describe drop-outs.
Two-Five members are known to wear the DC brand of tennis shoe. The “D” represents Dos and the “C” represents Cinco. Dos Cinco translates in English to Two Five or Deuce Five.
The 2-5's have been known to wear a red lips or "kiss" tattoo. The Sureños (Sur 13) are also known to wear this tattoo. The significance of the tattoo is unknown. However, an inmate reported that if you look at the tattoo sideways it forms the number "13".
The 2-5's may use one or more of the following symbols as tattoos or correspondence
Most of the incarcerated 2-5 members are Sureño dropouts. Their main source of income is drug sales and trafficking. "Fivers" on the street generate income in two ways - robbing Sureños and illegal taxing of drug gangs who pay in order to continue doing business.
California prison officials traced the origin of the Northern Riders gang of to the Deuel Vocational Institution.
The NR formed in reaction to the rigid Northern Structure and Nuestra Familia, related gangs that demand their members carry out commands from those further up in the hierarchy..
The CDOC paid little attention to the NR in the beginning and like cities all over the United States who have denied the existence of gangs , the NR has established itself as a gang that is to be watched. In just over ten years the gangs membership has grown to over 1200 members.
The Play Boy bunny is the main symbol of the NR
The Two-Five Gangsters and The Northern Riders Gang
Other SNY Gangs
The following have been reported to be SNY gangs
SNY Gangs Reportedly Have Spread To Other States And Are Known To Be Operating As Street Gangs
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