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Beyond Capone: Prison Gangs Then and Now

Al Capone was not the only Eastern State inmate with ties to organized crime. He was just the most famous. A prison gang in the 1920s controlled a drug, alcohol, and prostitution ring inside the walls. Prison gangs have flourished for the past 40 years and now represent a way of life in many prisons.

Beyond Capone: Prison Gangs Then and Now

Photo: Philadelphia City Archives