The climb to membership in the feared Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang isn’t just about getting inked with racially charged tattoos and obeying underworld orders, says the Houston Chronicle. It includes a stipulation that gangster prospects show government-issued proof of their criminal credentials. Recruits are required to provide their FBI-issued rap sheets, replete with a list of arrests, convictions and sentences.
The documents amount to résumés of bad deeds and have come up repeatedly during a four-year investigation that sent several dozen of the gang’s soldiers, leaders and associates to prison for drug trafficking, murder, assault, and other crimes. While the gang – which was born in the Texas prison system in the 1980s and operates statewide – tolerates drug dealers, killers and kidnappers among its ruffian ranks, there is no room for child molesters or rapists. Starting with a one-page Aryan Brotherhood application known as a Form 12 (the “1” is for A in Aryan and the “2” is for B in Brotherhood) and the accompanying FBI criminal history, leaders probe backgrounds and drill deep. Malcolm Bales, chief federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Texas, said hundreds of the applications were seized at the home of a gang general who is now serving life.