Inside Colorado Prison Gang That May Have Ordered Hit on Corrections Chief


The founder of a prison gang whose leaders are under investigation for ordering a hit on Colorado prison chief Tom Clements formed the gang to protect white prisoners after a black inmate broke his jaw in the Denver County Jail, the Denver Post reports. Over the next 17 years, Benjamin Davis, 37, molded the “211 Crew” into a Colorado white supremacist prison gang that preys on other inmates, demands that members outside prison smuggle drugs into prison, and orders beatings for members who step out of line. Davis surrounded himself with close criminal associates, including his companion in a 1994 robbery spree, and appointed inmates with track records for brutality as his enforcers, court records say. The Post reviewed hundreds of pages of court documents that reveal the violent inner workings of the gang; how Davis ordered enforcers to beat members for infractions including having sex with black inmates, and how he and his lieutenants pulled robberies and organized drug rings behind bars. Davis was sentenced to 96 years for violating the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act and another 12 years in prison for conspiracy and solicitation to commit second-degree assault.

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