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Incarcerated Interactions

A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication


Edited By Erik D. Fritsvold and Jonathan M. Bowman

Incarcerated Interactions: A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication is an innovative, applied edited book that uses core interdisciplinary social science theories to analyze and describe the social psychology and sociology of communicative interactions amongst incarcerated individuals. Beginning with the fundamentals of human interactions, this edited volume allows scholars across a variety of disciplines (such as criminology, sociology, communication studies, social psychology, anthropology, and economics) to become familiar with and apply the core principles and the requisite terminology of human communication within a criminological context. Each of the four sections of the text not only build upon the knowledge structures of previous chapters, but also function as stand-alone analyses and/or applications of extant scholarship within essential contexts. From a general discussion of core social science theory to the specific application of that theory in a range of scholarly contexts, this book addresses relevant issues such as mental illness and wellness, the gendered experience of inmates, recidivism rates, violence, the criminogenic effect of incarceration and the large-scale implications of prison gangs and their associated cultural influence, to name a few.

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14. Culture & Connection: A Case Study of Prison Gangs & Mexican Drug Cartels : Andrew Mize


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14. Culture & Connection: A Case Study of Prison Gangs & Mexican Drug Cartels


The Mexican Mafia is one of the most powerful prison gangs in California, rising to prominence primarily through extortion of local street gangs. La Familia Michoacana is a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization, commonly referred to as a cartel, which effectively disbanded as an organization in late 2010 and 2011, and was succeeded by Los Caballeros Templarios, which now controls La Familia’s former territory of Michoacan. Both are extraordinarily secretive and relatively small, and consider these traits to be two of their greatest strengths. The two are connected financially through drug trafficking into Southern California, both on the street and in prisons, and because they came together under vastly different circumstances, comparative analysis of their formation proves immensely interesting and provides a more comprehensive picture of the financial association between these two criminal enterprises. The relationship—financial and ideological—between La Eme and Los Caballeros Templarios has been successful because of the excellent fit of the group dynamics of each organization; La Eme provides Los Caballeros Templarios with a uniquely expansive network in Southern California, both in and out of prison, and Los Caballeros Templarios provide La Eme with a discounted source of drugs, primarily methamphetamines, on a reliable basis.

The Mexican Mafia, often referred to as “The Eme” or “La Eme”, while not one of the largest prison gangs in California...

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