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"Once inside, I was walked through a gauntlet of desperate men. Their
hot smell in the muggy corridor was as foul as their appearance. None of them
seemed to have a full set of front teeth. Many bore prominently displayed tattoos
of skulls or demons. One could argue whether it was the look of these men that
led them to prison or whether it was the prison that gave them their look. Just
looking at them made me fear for my life" (Hassine, 7). Most inmates in
correctional facilities felt the way that Victor Hassine felt on his first day in a
correctional facility in Pennsylvania called Graterford State Prison. New inmates
are seen as "fresh meat". They fear their life. Most of these inmates find
sanctuary in gangs.
Inmates join gangs for protection. Gangs in correctional facilities are more
of a necessity, unlike street gangs. People don't need a gang to survive in the
street because there are other ways one can find help, a family, protection,
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