Kody Scott

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Kody Scott, aka Sanyika Shakur aka Monster, was one of the most notorious members of the infamous Crips gang in South Central Los Angeles. In his autobiography, “Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member,” Scott gives the public an inside look at life in prison and its effect on him. If the autobiography was solely meant to give a depiction of gang life, he would have concentrated on the times spent out of jail and on the streets. Instead of briefly mentioning the amount of time spent in jail, he chooses instead to focus on the indecencies of prison, and street life as repercussion. Most people see the autobiography as a representation of life as a gang member; instead I view it as a portrayal of the corruptions of prison life. When Scott was fourteen years old he was placed in Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall for a shooting. He says that “the juvenile tank has got to be the most blatant exercise the state has ever devised for corrupting, institutionalizing, and creating recidivism in youth (136).” Prison gives gang members credibility on the streets, helps them further their reputation and promote their name, and is seen as a step or a test to maintain a tough street status. While civilians fell safer with mo Continue...


The fact that four out of five released inmates eventually end up back in prison at some point suggests that they have no motivation to change their ways. He also started to lift weights in order to build his body up. Being in camp for nine months did nothing to sway his objective and his focus was still fixated on his set. When he was sixteen he was charged with one account of murder and 6 accounts of attempted murder. When he was released, he went right back to street life, but this time when he returned home a war between his set and an enemy set was taking place. California has the largest state prison population in the country, and 97 of inmates are eventually released with even more violent knowledge and capabilities. As he was driving away, he proceeded to smash into every car on the block. Maybe his time spent in prison was because of his actions on the street, but his actions on the street were intensified by his time spent in prison. In one instance particularly, Scott forced an inmate to drink his urine, and once he finished hit him. Many actions toward one another were meant to upgrade themselves and stomp on the morale of others. Instead of appeasing his actions, he intensifies them even more. Scott wouldn't have to stay in the open forever. This time he was put in Youth Training School, a maximum security prison. Not long after that, he was again transferred. After leaving county he was put in state prison with a sentence of seven years.