Before anyone starts, let me categorically emphasize that, I’m personally against racial segregation of any kind.
That said, if one believes the ‘real life’ prison shows, it seems that the prisoners already segregate themselves: whites, blacks, northern Mexicans, southern Mexicans, asians etc. I can’t figure it out; perhaps someone with better knowledge can illuminate things.
These groups compete, as they do on the outside, for turf, power, a cut of the ‘game’ etc. Often, there will be violence associated with these squabbles; it seems the worst thing that can happen for the prison staff is a race riot.
So why not segregate the system and allow prisoners to choose where they live? Keep them all apart and then they will only be able to prey on their own “kind”. I’m sure that there would be some way to keep the cell blocks or prisons “Separate, but Equal”
Again, I’m not advocating this, but it seems that almost anything would be better than a system that virtually forces inmates into racially motivated gangs with ‘shot callers’ who give ‘orders’ to force inmates into committing crimes while they are already incarcerated.
Fellow Dopers; any ideas?