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Inmates charged with gang activity

Saturday, November 1, 2008

PUTNAMVILLE -- Two inmates at Putnamville Correctional Facility were charged Friday with Class D felony criminal gang activity and battery resulting in bodily injury.

The charges stem from an incident in which Aaron W. Wood, 30, assaulted Putnamville Sgt. Kevin Clark, Putnamville executive assistant Alisia Lawrence said, supposedly at the behest of Michael L. Campbell II, 34.

"Sgt. Clark was assaulted by offender Wood, and the order was allegedly given by offender Campbell, who is a confirmed member of the Aryan Brotherhood," Lawrence said.

Both inmates also face being deemed habitual offenders, which could significantly enhance their sentences on the charges.

The Aryan Brotherhood, also known as the AB or The Brand, is a white prison gang numbering about 15,000 members in and out of prison, online encyclopedia Wikipedia said. In March 2006, four leaders of the Aryan Brotherhood were indicted for numerous crimes, including murder, conspiracy, drug trafficking, racketeering and dog fighting.

According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, although the gang makes up less than 1 percent of the prison population, it is responsible for up to 26 percent of murders in the federal prison system.

Organization of the Aryan Brotherhood at lower levels varies from prison to prison. For example, in the Arizona prison system, members are known as "kindred" and organize into "families."

A "council" controls the families. Kindred may recruit other members, known as "progeny," and serve as a mentor for the new recruit.

Like most prison gangs, Aryan Brotherhood members mark themselves with distinctive tattoos. Designs commonly include the words "Aryan Brotherhood", the acronym "AB", 666, SS sig runes, spiderwebs near the elbow, shamrocks, and other Nazi and Celtic iconography.

Until the 1960s, most prisons in the United States were racially segregated. As prisons began to desegregate, inmates organized along racial lines. The Aryan Brotherhood is believed to have formed in 1964 at San Quentin State Prison, with prosecutors of cases against the gang saying it was formed in reaction to the Black Panthers.

Campbell was sentenced March 14 to five years, 11 months and 29 days for Class C felony battery. At the time, he was already serving two separate two-year sentences for two counts of Class B felony armed robbery, both of which he was convicted for on Oct. 18, 2007.

Campbell's criminal history also includes prison stints for two other Class B felony armed robbery charges on Aug. 19, 2003. He was sentenced to seven years each on those convictions and was released from prison in May 2007.

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections Web site, Campbell's projected release date from Putnamville is Feb. 3, 2012.

Wood is serving a 10-year sentence for Class B felony dealing in cocaine or narcotics and a three-year sentence for Class D felony dealing in marijuana. He was convicted on both charges on Aug. 27, 2007. His projected release date is Aug. 24, 2017.

Campbell previously server prison time for possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a common nuisance and trespassing. His most recent release from prison was on May 16, 2003.

No court dates have been set for Wood or Campbell.

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It is finally nice to see offenders being held responsible for acts of violence towards Correctional staff. I do not want to diminish the sacrifices and hard work of other law enforcement staff, however when was the last time you heard of a Police Officer or Sheriffs Deputy being assaulted while on the job in our area? The Putnam County community is sadly unaware at the security level of offenders housed at the Putnamville Correctional Facility. These are not the same drunk drivers, petty thieves, and disturbing the peace offenders which were housed there in years past. Many of the offenders housed at the facility are murderers, rapists, high level drug dealers/distributors, and many of them are affiliated with a gang. Unfortunately it takes a situation such as this to awaken the community to the level of violence occurring in their own back yard towards those who live and work in this very same area. If you know or meet someone who is employed with the Indiana Department of Correction, thank them for keeping you, your family, and the community safe day-in and day-out. As far as the Cut-and-Paste education is concerned, knowledge is power and is far better then turning a blind eye to the situation.

-- Posted by ISF-C/O on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 8:29 AM

I don't care how many correctional officers are there or how many and how power there weapons are the "Aryan Brotherhood" is very powerful and very high respected amongst prisons and on the streets! I saw a documentary on them!!! Even if they get put in lock down or the guard they might have got into it with, turns them in they have there guys on the outside that will take care of him!!It's sad but thats how they work and they do not play around!

-- Posted by Buck_Hunter_2008 on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 5:20 PM

Why on earth would they want to be rehabilitated, I mean hell they get 3 meals a day, get recess, get to watch tv, play video games, all the things they probably did not get to do while not in prison. That is what is fu!ked up with our prison system, people have more freedom in jail then they do outside of jail. Take all their freedoms away and maybe, just maybe they would get rehabilitated. "Just think about it, I came up with that and I do not even have a college education". <-----sarcasim----- These dead-beats lost their rights when they broke the law.

-- Posted by tbone46135 on Sat, Nov 1, 2008, at 5:29 PM

oh my god! Is it plagarism to copy and paste directly from wikipedia? Good catch depauw2012 ! LOL

-- Posted by mike andrews on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 3:06 AM

Just another day in our "Prison Nation".

-- Posted by Harmony Church on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 11:21 AM

I find it funny that the one that has a much longer history of violence had lesser of a sentence than the drug dealer don't get me worng they both should be behind bars but shouldn't someone stop and look at the system when this kind of thing happens every day

-- Posted by Sick-of-it on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 2:51 PM

As long as something is attributed, which this is, it is not plagiarism. Obviously, the writer didn't know things off the top of her head about the Aryan Brotherhood, so she went to another source and found it so she could add it to the story. It's what journalists do.

-- Posted by feelingroovy1103 on Sun, Nov 2, 2008, at 4:11 PM

Please......if convicted.......no phone.........no t.v.,...no gym........no freedom!! Sit in your cell and think about why U R there!!!

-- Posted by sad_but_true on Mon, Nov 3, 2008, at 7:52 PM

Well said ISF-C/O-Thank You

And if the public would like to learn more of what happens in our prison system a good show to watch is on MSNBC called Lock Up-very educational to help make the public aware and have upmost respect for the oficers.Thanks to all the Corrections Officers for what you do. It takes special men and women to do this type of work and you are appreciated. Stay safe!

-- Posted by bam on Tue, Nov 4, 2008, at 8:39 AM

I think it's sad that the only comment some people have about this article is that one line was taken from Wikipedia.

-- Posted by WTFRUthinkin on Sat, Nov 8, 2008, at 6:06 AM

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