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The Social Order of the UnderworldHow Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System$
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David Skarbek

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199328499

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328499.001.0001

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How Prison Gangs Govern the Outside

How Prison Gangs Govern the Outside

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(p.131) 6 How Prison Gangs Govern the Outside
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The Social Order of the Underworld
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David Skarbek

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199328499.003.0006

Powerful prison gangs can “tax” drug dealers on the street because drug dealers anticipate incarceration, have high recidivism rates, and recognize prison gangs’ power. Because prison gangs can tax drug dealers on the street, they have incentives to provide governance to the drug market. Three important types of governance are protection of property rights, enforcement of agreements, and adjudication of disputes

Keywords:   drug dealers, taxes, governance, incarceration

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