Divide and conquer: 3 tactics for combating gang leaders

Compiled from recent interviews with gang experts across the country


By Luke Whyte

There’s no doubt that a well-tuned inmate classification system is of paramount importance to the handling of all specialized prisoner populations. And in few cases is this more important then when dealing with prison gangs.

This was the focus of the presentation given by Lt. Joe McNamara, a gang specialist at California’s Riverside Country Sheriff’s Department, during a May 23 workshop at the 2010 American Jail Association conference in Portland, Oregon.

After the presentation, CorrectionsOne sat down with Lt. McNamara to discuss gang classification and management. Here are the highlights of that interview, along with some other good suggestions on gang management presented in past C1 exclusives.

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