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Crips to have upscale prison attack?
« on: July 03, 2003, 07:49:38 PM »
A message written at Corcoran State Prison directing gang members to attack and kill high-ranking prison officials because their co-founder is slated for execution has prompted authorities to lock down about 1,300 inmates.

The black prisoners, who account for about 35 percent of the general population at Corcoran, are confined to their cells with limited privileges, officials said. About 3,800 inmates of all races at Pelican Bay and Salinas Valley prisons are also on lockdown because of recent assaults by African American inmates.

But officials at all three prisons are trying to determine if there are ties to Stanley "Tookie" Williams, who helped create the Crips street gang. Williams, 49, has been on death row at San Quentin State Prison since 1981, condemned after his conviction in the 1979 murders of four people during robberies at a convenience store and a motel in Los Angeles.

Williams denies involvement in the crimes, and his case is pending before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If his petition is rejected, he could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Although he has not exhausted all of his legal appeals, it is unlikely he will be executed this year.

Last month, correctional officers at Corcoran discovered a so-called "kite," or written message, directing Crips to attack and kill prison staffers. Corcoran officials say the anonymous kite may have been sent on behalf of Williams, whose court appeals are winding down, though they caution that their inquiry is not complete.

"He's a piece of the puzzle, and we're investigating his connection," said Lt. Johnny Castro, a Corcoran spokesman. "This kite is pretty vague ... but given the assaults we've had at several institutions, we're taking it very seriously."

However, hours after the message was found a cache of inmate-manufactured knives was discovered in an area of the exercise yard controlled by Crips. During a routine pat-down searches of inmates by officers, one prisoner became confrontational, Castro said. As the guards attempted to quiet the man, a dozen Crips approached in a "threatening manner."

"That was uncommon, because usually during searches inmates know to stay away," Castro said. "In this case, they were reluctant to disperse until the sergeant gave a direct order and then, finally, drew his pepper spray."

Corrections officials estimate there are 1,500 Crips incarcerated in California.



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Re:Crips to have upscale prison attack?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2003, 05:40:20 AM »
Thanks for the article.


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