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."
Generally speaking, an Inmate and 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, an "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 the.
Thus in many cases, the gang cycle began all over.
Over 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.
Background information about two of these
group may be found below. Other similar disruptive groups exist in
the CDOC and these will be included on this page and the information is
Identified SNY Gangs
The Two-Five Gangsters
The date of origin for the Two Five’s (2-5) prison gang is unknown.
Like most prison gangs, or disruptive groups, the gang formed for self
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
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
THE 25 PERCENT SYMBOL
-SPANISH SLANG FOR “FIVER”
They may also
use the Mayan numeric system - A single bar with two dots over the
bar. The bar represents the number five - each dot represents
the number one
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
California prison officials
traced the origin of the Northern Riders gang of to
the Deuel Vocational Institution.
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.
paid little attention to the NR
in the beginning and like cities
all over the United States who
deny that gangs exist, 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
The Play Boy
bunny is the main symbol of the
message precedes each of the
Northern Rider - SNY Prison Gang - Part 1
Northern Rider - SNY Prison Gang - Part 2
If you have information about any of the
other SNY gangs in the CDOC please send that information to
OR Us. Your email should contain the following:
Name of SNY gang
Number of members
Identifying tattoos - attach photo if
Origin and history of the gang
Any other information that you think would