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Prison Gang Name: La Nuestra Familia

Other Names:LNF, NF, ENE, F, Nancy Flores

Origin and history: Originated in California in the  Soledad Prison in the mid 1960's

Ideology/Philosophy: The La Nuestra Familia prison gang was established to protect younger, rural, Mexican-American inmates from other predator gangs,  most notably urban, Mexican-American inmates from the Los Angeles area who belonged to the Mexican Mafia (EME).

Membership Characteristics: Members are of Hispanic origin. There is a "blood-in, blood-out" requirement for membership.

Leadership/Organizational Structure: The LNF has a constitution and a paramilitary structure, with ranks ranging from soldier to general. Prison and street segments have separate organizational chains.

Geographic Location: The LNF originated on the West Coast, but has spread to other areas within the United States prison systems through transfers and other geographic relocations.

Associated Organizations: Black Guerilla Family (to some degree); Northern Structure

Some believe that the Northern Structure is a subsidiary gang of the LNF due to similar identifying tattoos.

Antagonistic Organizations: Texas Syndicate; Mexican Mafia; F-14; Mexikanemi; and Aryan Brotherhood.

Typical Identifiers: LNF members may wear red rags. Tattoos may include a sombrero, a dagger, or "NF".

Source: Federal Bureau of Prisons



La Nuestra Familia Constitution - PDF

Nuestra Familia Timeline - very interesting - PDF

Blood in - Blood out

Many gangs, both street gangs and prison gangs, have established horrific guidelines for both joining the gang, or for leaving the gang. The most definitive is the philosophy of "Blood in - Blood out." This philosophy means that the only way a person can join the gang is to shed the blood of someone else. A person becomes a target and the prospective gang members is usually ordered to kill the person. The target may be another gang member, a police or corrections officer, or an innocent person on the street. Membership in some gangs, particularly prison gangs, is for life - the only way out is death.

Gangs have adopted this philosophy for one reason - to make sure that informants or undercover officers do not attempt to infiltrate the ranks. The gangs know that an officer will not kill someone just to get on the inside.

Constitution of La Nuestra Familia

(May not be up todate)

La Nuestra Familia anniversary day September 16th 1972.
The Nuestra familia philosophy:

All new members must spill the blood of the enemy to prove their nuestra familia loyalty, as the Nuestra familia will not hesitate to spill the blood of a member who turns coward, traitor, or deserter. Blood In, Blood out is, in fact, an Nuestra familia ritual, not a myth. Blood in relates to the Blood spilled during initiation, and Blood out alludes to the consequences of trying to depart from the gang.

The Nuestra Familia Original Constitution:

ARTICLE I. Supreme Commander

Section I. The Nuestro General ( NG ) is the supreme power in the organization known as la Nuestra Familia. His power shall have no limit ( within ART, I, II, III). Solely he can declare war for the entire O and once in a state of war, peace shall no prevail until the announcement from the Nuestro General.

Section II. The Nuestro General will automatically be released from any duties and responsibilities upon receiving a date of one year or less.

Section III. The Nuestro General will be a seasoned experienced warrior. This qualification is mandatory in order to hold this high office. When the time comes for the Nuestra General to pick a successor, he will do so from the ranks of the commanders at his disposal.

Section IV. In case of an emergency and the Nuestro General is downed, the captain at the pinta will take over and automatically declare war until the first captain can automatically assume the rank of Nuestro General. In this emergency, the home captain will have no power to appoint or replace any or all position in the high command of la nuestra familia.

Section V. The Nuestro General has the power, in the state of war conditions (as regards to structure), to appoint captains. In peace time, he will retain the power to discharge any commander that is negligent in the function of his position; however he will relinquish his power to appoint captains if the familia knows where the captain has been discharged at and has no reserve captain to take command. The familia body of said disposed captain will elect a successor.

Section VI. A discharged commander will lose his rank of captain and said authority of that rank.

Section VII. Only applies in time of peace.

Section VIII. The Nuestro General, upon receiving a complaint from one of his soldados that the authority of which he is under is unjustly using their powers over him due to personal conflict, He the Nuestro General will appoint a committee of no less then three soldados from that particular clan to investigate said charges, and each is to report to the Nuestro General.

Section IX. The Nuestro General will always keep in touch with all familianos leaving to the streets, until a branch in union of La Nuestra Familia is established.

Section X. The Nuestro General can have as many as ten (10) active commanders at one time. He will grade them as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and so on according to their leadership abilities and their overall foresight.

Section XI. The Nuestro General will appoint a first captain or commander who will be his successor, and is the Nuestro General becomes incommunicado, the first captain of the Nuestra Familia will have the responsibilities to see that every captain of said O works and governs within the constitution.

Section XII. The successor only applies as far as the first captain is concerned. The Nuestro General has the right to select the first captain.

ARTICLE II. Discharge from all duties of Nuestro General.

Section I. The Nuestro General may be impeached from office where it is the opinion of all commanders holding office at that time and that he isnít working in the best interests of the organization and this can be derived by a petition or document with signatures of each captains own writing.

Section II. Upon receiving the document, the Nuestro General will automatically lose all power, but he may challenge the legality of the signatures, in which case a soldado will be appointed by the body to write to the captains and verify their vote.

Section III. Upon confirmation of a discharge of the Nuestro General, he will lose all power, rank, and the successor will move into that position.

ARTICLE III. Objective and Bylaws of Nuestra Familia.

Section I. The primary purpose and goal of this organization is for the betterment of its members and the building up of this organization on the outside into a strong and self supporting familia.

Section II. All Members will work solely for this objective and will put all personal goals and feelings aside until said fulfillment is accomplished.

Section III. A familiano will not be released from his obligation towards the organization because he is released from prison, but will work twice as hard to see that a familia is established and will work in the hand with the organization thatís already established behind the walls (pinta).

Section IV. A familiano will remain a member until death or otherwise discharged from the organization. And he will always be subject to put the best interest of the organization first and always above everything else, in or out of prison.

Section V. An automatic death sentence will be put on a familiano that turns coward, traitor or deserter. Under no other circumstances will a bother familiano be responsible for the spilling the blood of a fellow familiano. To do so will be considered as an act of treason.

Section VI. In order for (ART. II, Sec. V ) to be invoked, the regiment governing body will hold a vote amongst themselves and pass sentence. Majority rules. In the case of a tie vote, the decision will lie with the captain, and his decision shall be final.

Section VII. All present familianos is said organization La Nuestra Familia acknowledge said constitution upon reading it and will be held accountable for his actions is said constitution is not followed.

ARTICLE IV. Regimental captain.

Section I. A captain is a regimental commander of La Nuestra Familia and holds the rank just below el Nuestro General. Their responsibilities are to lead and direct La Nuestra Familia regiments under his care to successfully accomplish the goals set forth in
(ART. I, SEC V).

Section II. For the purpose, he (captain) shall have the choice of selecting his own lieutenants (tenientes) and shall have the power to dismiss the lieutenants if he (captain) feels that they are not accepting or handling their responsibilities of leadership. In times of peace, a dismissed lieutenant has the option of invoke (ART. I, SEC V).

Section III. Due to circumstances beyond our control, it may be that there will be more then one captain in the regiment at the same time. If a captain is transferred from a familia regiment to another where there is already a captain, the captain with the highest rank will take command, and the other will be in reserve according to their rank.

Section IV. A captain will have a grade rating of 1st, 2nd , 3rd and so forth, as
( ART. III, SEC. III) can be invoked. Also, the lower the number rating, the greater their authority. And no captain can override or contradict the orders of a higher- ranking commander without directions of the Nuestra Familias Nuestro General.

Section V. There shall never be more then ten ( 10 ) captains in the Organization at any time. This includes reserves. If there are already ten captains in the Organization and a regiment is without a captain or commander due to ( ART. III, SEC. III ), the 1st lieutenant will run the familia (regiment) temporality until a commander arrives or there is an opening of rank of captain.

Section VI. The reserve captains will only take power if the governing one is downed or discharge by the Nuestro General. It will be the duty of the governing commander to take and show him the internal functions of the regiment in order for that reverse captain will be qualified to govern the regiment if the need arrives.

Section VII. All captains will hold equal rank and therefore one cannot order the other, except under ( ART. III, SEC. IV ) or where the reserve captain has set forth efficiently running the familia ( regiment ). In that case, the reserve captain will cease to interfere or he will be brought before the Nuestro General.

Section VIII. The reserve captain only has as much power as the governing commander wants bestowed on him and not more. The familia body, should at all times know the Structure of the reserve captain.

Section IX. In time of war, the captain is only answerable to the Nuestro General, and no soldado shall question the order set forth by him personally or through one of his tenientes. To question said orders could be a treasonable act, as outlined in ( ART. I, II, SEC. V. ), depending on the seriousness of the offence, which will lie with the captain to determine.

Section X. In time of peace, as in a time of war, a captain is answerable to the Nuestro General; however, in time of peace, is a familiano soldado feels that the power or powers of the structure in his regiment is misusing their appointed authority against him to conflicted personalities, he has the right as an honorable member of this Organization to appeal to the Supreme Commander Nuestro General, as per ( ART. I, SEC. V ).

Section XI. The commander shall be responsible for the welfare and lives of the soldados under his command at all times, and there shall be no suicidal missions ordered by a commander. A suicidal mission shall be translated as an act where the soldado has no chance of survival.

Section XII. Home Captain where Nuestro General has his headquarters shall be held responsible if anything should happen to the Nuestro General. It will be the duty of the captain to personally see that two of his best warriors be with the Nuestro General whenever possible. If the Nuestro General is downed, the captain will be stripped of all rank after the state of war is over.
( ART. I, SEC. III ).

ARTICLE V. Functions and qualities of a lieutenant

Section I. A lieutenant is the third in the power ladder of La Nuestra Familia, he is under the captain. Heís the representative of La Nuestra Familia, as he will be in contact with all familianos at all times and, therefore, he should at all times set a good example for the soldados to follow.

Section II. While in the state of war, and the arms quota drops below the specified requirement, it shall be the first priority of the lieutenant to restore to par as outlined in ( ART. V, SEC. II ).

Section III. Each lieutenant shall have a certain number of soldados assigned to him. He shall be responsible for their schooling and basic needs and conducts.

Section IV. Whenever one or all of his soldados go into combat with any enemies of La Nuestra Familia, he ( lieutenant ) shall present the captain with a full report of what occurred.

Section V. The lieutenant shall have rating of 1st, 2nd, 3rd . This rating shall be given to them by the captain according to their experience and leadership abilities.

Section VI. It shall be the duties of the lieutenant to keep a record of all known names and numbers of La Nuestra Familia. Each day, he shall check all new arrivals who enter his territory against the record books and make a report to his captain.

Section VII. All lieutenants shall question all new familiano assigned to him for information as to unknown enemies of La Nuestra Familia. New information shall go into the record book and whenever one of his soldados is transferred to another pinta, a copy of the record book shall be sent with the soldado.

Section VIII. It shall be the responsibilities of the lieutenant to inform the captain of the departure of his soldados in order so that the familia of the other regiment can be informed.

ARTICLE VI. Familiano Soldados.

Section I. all requests for membership into this organization shall be made to the captain.Any member can make such a request for any individual providing such requesting is willing to accpept full responsibilities for said individual.

Section II. Final decision for membership shall not be made until 30 days have elapsed from such a request, and the governing body of the regiment must approve the request for any new membership.

Section III. No applicant will be considered for membershipif he the (applicant) misrepresents his qualifications. also once a member and soldado misrepresents his actions in battle for the benefit of making his action seem more valories, he will be subject to be disqualified under ( ART.I, SEC.V ), a minor offense, or ( ART.I, SEC.V), Expelled from the Organization, depending upon the circumtances and seriousness of the lie.

Section IV. Membership of this Organization shall be restricted one those of the latin extraction. No maximum or minium shall be involked by this constitution in so far as membership into this Organization is concerned; however, such limitations may be extablished by the Nuestro General as to be neccessary to maintain proper control, although others of other extractions ( Raceís ) will
will be considered with the consent of both the captain and the Nuestro General.

ARTICLE VII. Discipline and conduct.

Section I.The regimental captain shall pass sentence for all minor in fractions of
conduct. In time of war, there will be no appeal to the Nuestro General.

Section II. Punishment shall be administered by the lieutenant
( ART.IV, SEC.III ) or by the regiment as a whole, when ordered by the familia commander.

Section III. All familianos shall be subject to disciplinary action or immediate expulsion from this Organization ( ART.II, SEC.V ). In the case of misconduct or behavior unbecoming of a member, said conditions shall prevail with regards to the individual towards another member, the Organization as a whole, or his superiors.

Section IV. Under no conditions will there be any fighting between famialianos. To do so will bring on disciplinary action and if blood is spilled, it will result in the expulsion of one or parties invoked ( ART.II, SEC. V ).

Section V. No member of this Organization shall put material things, whether it be drugs,money,women, or punks ( related to pinta ) before the best interest of La Nuestra Familia or a familiano.

Section VI. No familiano shall lie about his position in La Nuestra Familia nor discussing familiano business to a superior or to a brother member. Ther shall be no lying or giving false impressions.

Section VII. It is the sacred duty of a familiano guerrero to do battle for La Nuestra Familia, and no soldado should feel that because he fought for his Organization that he is entitled to special privileges. All that matters is that you as a guerrero of La Nuestra Familia are living up to your responsibilities.
remember that a true guerrero does not need to boost of his accomplishments.

Section VIII. Under no circumtance is any portion of this constitution to be altered without notification of el Nuestro General and one third of his captains staff, nor shall a familiano or familiano regiment put their own interpretation upon said constitution. It is to be read in its entirely. All Sections that relate to one concept are to be read as such.

As familianos began to be paroled, they were given advance instructions, assignments, and other orders to report to the designated location, where they were reunited with other familianos already established on the streets. They were given additional orders and instructions and assigned a street regimental position. The main objective of a familiano on the street was to organize moneymaking ventures and establish a familiano bank and organizational territories. They would then be given a new set of rules, regulations and responsibilities.

The Nuestra Familia wrote a constitutional subdivision in order to avoid creating any unnecessary problems on the streetís and it reads:

The Nuestra Familia constitution subdivision for the streets:


Section I. The building up of this organization on the outside will be done in these three steps.

Section II. The first step consists of establishing a self supporting familia regiment. Each shall have a bank with $ 10,000 basis, or less than $1,000, and shall have both into business in part or in whole.

The Nuestra Familia constitution subdivision for the streets:


Section I. The building up of this organization on the outside will be done in these three steps.

Section II. The first step consists of establishing a self supporting familia regiment. Each shall have a bank with $ 10,000 basis, or less than $1,000, and shall have both into business in part or in whole.

Section III. The Familia ( regiment ) bank will be responsible for all financial matters that occur within its own territory ( Familia ) town or pertains to its own business ventures, and soldados under their juristruction shall assist any familiano in their regiment who, due to a mission. find himself in a need of a lawyer, doctor or bail. the bank that is supporting the venture will be obligated to furnish him with these items.The familia bank,is just like the main bank, will be into legal businessÖbut unlike the main bank, it will have no restrictuions about the legality of such places. All the profit that are derived from the Nuestra Familia Bank will go into the familia bank and from it will be distributed to its barrios functions.

Section IV. The Familia lieutenant shall lead and direct the regiment to fulfill the goals set forth in the subdivision of the constitutionand the constitution in general. He, the lieutenant, shall be in charge of the bank and see to it that it function as described in ( ART. I, SEC. II ) of this subdivision.

Section V. The Familiano soldados at first will be expected to make sacrifices in so far as they commit an illegal venture. All profits will go into the familia bank. This should be until the bank is strong enough to buy its first bank. Once this is accomplished, the soldado can either be paid on a commission basis by a pay scale. The discretion will be up to the Familia until tstep three is put into effect.

Section VI. Mandatory rules and regulations in active service on the street:

1.) Neither rank-and-file familianos shall take narcotics or any other habit-forming drugs.
2.) All active rank-and-file familianos will be expected to have a legal job.
3.) No heavy or excessive drinking while on duty.
4.) No familiano shall take upon his own personal venture without authorization from his superiors.

Section VII. Upon a familiano reaching his fiftieth ( 50 ) birthday and has given at least twenty ( 20 ) years of loyalty and dedicated service, he shall be given an alternative whether he wants to go into semi-retirement, meaning that he will be put to manage one of the main banks business and will have nothing to do with the illegal activities. However, in time of war, he may be called back into active duty by the Nuestro General. If a familiano hasnít got the mental capacity for a management job he will be given some other work with the authority within the main bank.

Section I. The second step will be to establish the main bank and the regiment captain. each regiment captain will have several familia regiments under him, depending on the ammount of active familianos under his structure.

Section II. The main bank will have dual functions of being a reseve in case of any emergancy for the familia bank and will also buy into legitimate business. the first responsibility consist of supporting all wars declared by the Nuestro General and all expenses that go to the Organization in the prison system. All expenses for a familiano sent on a mission outside of his terrotory of his home familia, unless said mission is a moneymaking venture, in which case the home familia of that soldado will pay all expenses. It will be used for primary expenses of building up a new familia regiment and as a payroll source for the regimental commander and Nuestro General.

Section III. The second function of the main bank will be to buy into legitimate businesses, but will always have enough cash resources to meet any emergency that the familia bank may have. All business being under the jurisdiction of said bank will be kept strckly legal, and no illegal activities will be used to broaden the legitimate business or to establish other businesses, Except in an emergency, the main bank may confiscate money from any familia bank as needed to combat any crisis. But it will be the responsibility of said bank ( main bank ) to repay all cash money to the familia bank. The only exception to this rule of reimbursement is when the emegency is war.

Secition IV. Regiment commanders as stated in ( ART.II, SEC. I ) of this subdivision will see to it that all familianos function within the structure. He, the commander, should be the communication link between the familia regiment, and Nuestro General security for the familia regiment under his care shall fall under the jurisdiction of the regimental commander.

Section I. The third step will only be activated when this organization has accomplished the two prior steps.
( ART.I, SEC. I,and ART.II, SEC. I ) of this subdivision and it authority in the pinta feels that the outside counterpart of this organization is strong enough to step up under their own government and in which he, the Nuestro General,
will instruct the regimental commander to activate step three.

The Nuestra Familia (CAT) System:

The Nuestra Familia Category (CAT) system was designed and/or developed in order to categorize each member according to his rank, caliber and educational status. This in turn allows our leadership to keep sort of track on a memberís educational standings and his progress, which will enable each member to be assigned to an individual responsibility or to a position with additional responsibilities according to his experience in a wide range of areas that coincide with the memberís knowledge and know- how. All members will start out as a (CAT I). Member and the highest ranking position is that of a (CAT III). Member. A new recruit is automatically given the ranking of a (CAT). I member.

CAT I. This member is basically a new member in training, and these new members are taught the very basic of the Organization and its history, functions and goals. It is at this first stage of Nuestra Familia membership when a member learns the Nuestra Familia Constitution, Weaponry skills and enemy identification. A (CAT). I member does not generally hold any type of leadership position.

CAT II. Once a member reaches this advanced phase of membership, he is considered to be completely knowledgeable of all (CAT I) requirements. (CAT II) Members are given in depth training in a wide variety of Nuestra Familia areas and in turn are responsible for training (CAT I) members.

CAT III. This is the Nuestra Familias Leadership, and these memberís are to seasoned soldados that have the authority to make Organization decisions for all those under their guidance, according to existing policies and procedures. A (CAT III) member is also responsible for establishing Organization territories, making sure (CAT II) members are upholding their responsibilities and that they are making sure all Nuestra Familia Members under their guidance are fulfilling their obligations within the Nuestra Familia Constitution.

Along with the CAT system, the new leadership put together an Organizational Governing Body (O.G.B) so that no one member could ever be given sole, completely and or supreme authority. Under this new leadership, overall authority resided in a three member board known as La Mesa or La Tabla (The Table). Unlike sosas unlimited dictatorial authority, the three top ranking Nuestra Familia members
(known as O.G.B representative) were voted into their leadership position, receiving equal yet limited authority. They were governed by a set of O.G.B rules and regulations that read:

1.) The Original Governing Body (O.G.B) will govern and oversee all organizational activities.

2.) There shall be no more then three Original Governing Body (O.G.B) members at one time.

3.) The three Original Governing Body (O.G.B) members shall be titled as such:

a.) Speaker and Chief.
b.) Leader of the guerreros.
c.) Keeper of the armies.

4.) All members of the Original Governing Body (O.G.B) will respectfully guide the directives and honor the will of the people.

5.) Any member who is considered to be a re-entry shall not be allowed to hold Original Governing Body (O.G.B) responsibilities.

6.) In order to fulfill any vacancy within the Original Governing Body (O.G.B), all prospective members must rank no lower then that of a (CAT III) member.

7.) All memberís who are selected to assume Original Governing Body (O.G.B) responsibilities must have already made the ultimate sacrifice for the Organization and can have no less then ten (10) years of loyal membership.

8.) The replacement and or removal of an Original Governing Body (O.G.B) member must arrive solely from a three fourth (3/4) majority rules vote honored by all (CAT III) memberís.

9.) No one Original Governing Body (O.G.B) member has the authority to make any major Organizational decisions unless in accordance with at least one other Original Governing Body (O.G.B) member.

10.) Any and all decisions made by a two-third (2/3) vote of the
Original Governing Body (O.G.B) shall be final.

In English, Nuestra Raza (NR) means our race. Its primary purpose and goals are to work for the betterment of la raza. Mutual respect, and social equality for all nortenos. The Nuestra Raza a spawned prison gang. It seen as an extension of the Nuestra Familia. Founded in new Folsom state prison, its also known as the northern structure. Its members, like familianos, are considered the hardcore inmates, and the majority are Latinos, who come from violent backgrounds, have lengthy criminal histories and are from Northern California. Most Nuestra Raza members and their associated refer to the Nuestra Raza as the cause, the struggle and/or the elite circle. The Nuestra Raza members themselves are called Nortenos, hermanos (brothers) or Bís. But are most commonly referred to as bros. Its insignia is an eagle holding a dagger in its beak with a sombrero in one talon and a book in the other and now the open book is inscribed:

A lion cannot avoid the cages. As a fox cannot avoid the trap, but if a lion learns to think like a fox, he can avoid being trappedÖ



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