Nuestra Familia Former High-Ranking Member Tells All

The video titled “How US Prison Gangs (Nuestra Familia) Actually Work | How Crime Works” is from the channel “Insider” and features John “Boxer” Mendoza, a former high-ranking member of the Nuestra Familia prison gang. He was part of the organization from 1994 to 2007 and was incarcerated in various California prisons, such as San Quentin, Pelican Bay, and Corcoran.

The video is structured into 14 chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of prison gang life:

Joining the Gang
Your First Day in Jail
The Structure
The Rivalries
The Weapons
The Guards
The Codes
The Money
The Gang on the Streets
The Truce
The Fallout
Bad Standings
The Backstory
War Stories

From the first chunk of the transcript, we can gather the following information:

John Mendoza introduces himself as a former member of the Nuestra Familia prison gang. He held significant positions within the gang, such as a category 3 member and a regimental commander in different parts of Northern California. He describes the intense rivalries and confrontations with other prison gangs, including the Southern Mexicans, Aryan Brotherhood, and Nazi low riders. These confrontations often led to violent fights and attempts to kill each other.

John recounts his first experience in prison in 1988 when he was 18 years old. He was informed by his older peers in the county jail that upon his arrival at San Quentin, he would be approached by the NR (Nuestra Raza) about making a commitment to the gang. He describes his first day on the recreation yard, where he identified the NR members by their tattoos. He was then put on a 90-day probationary period where he was expected to perform various tasks for the gang, such as stabbings, keeping security on someone, holding paperwork, or weapons. John mentions that many individuals join the gang for the status and title, but those who join for the wrong reasons are eventually weeded out. He emphasizes the importance of being a true believer and not questioning authority.

To transform this video into a 300-page blog article, we would need to delve deeper into each chapter, expanding on the details, anecdotes, and insights provided by John Mendoza. This would involve transcribing the entire video, analyzing the content, and then elaborating on each topic with additional research, context, and commentary.

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