Ñeta is an international Puerto Rican prison and street gang. Although there is not a consensus on how to identify prison and street gangs, Ñeta features several identifiers that a gang typically possesses: Its members engage in criminal behavior inside and outside prisons, it has an organizational hierarchy and strict rules, and it uses several types of symbolic colors and words to illustrate membership. This entry on Ñeta provides an overview of the association, including information on its history, meaning of its name, symbols and rituals, organizational structure, and ends by reviewing some law enforcement criticisms of the association.

Ñeta, also known as Ñetas, Asociación Ñeta in Spanish, or “Association Ñeta” in English, began as a prison gang that evolved into a street gang and continues ...

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