Commonwealth National Podcast

Lt. Sam Robinson: Prison Gangs (5/7/09)

Lt. Sam Robinson, San Quentin State Prison

Though only about 2,000 members are currently housed in the state’s prisons, California prison gangs have tens of thousands of associates and members in cities statewide, and their influence on crime is enormous. Lt. Robinson is an authority on prison gangs and will talk about recruitment and retention practices, the gangs’ own peculiar ethos, and the methods the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation use to protect both other prisoners and California communities from prison-gang influence. 

This program was recorded in front of a live audience at the Commonwealth Club of California on May 7, 2009.

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