Nuestra Familia (Spanish for "Our Family") are a group of Mexican American (Chicano) prison gangs with origins in Northern California.
Brief History and Description
Nuestra Familia (Our Family) was organized in the Soledad, California Correctional Training Facility in 1968. Inmates were tired of the abuse and victimization at the hand of the Mexican Mafia. Most of the original members of the NF were from Northern California and Central California. As the NF and Mexican Mafia engaged in a bitter prison war, new prisoners from Northern California were recruited into the NF while Southern California inmates joined the Mexican Mafia. By the late 1970s, after numerous prison riots and murders, an official dividing point emerged between the gangs in Delano, California. Footsoldiers of the gang living outside of the prison are typically called Norte├▒os (Northerners in Spanish).
Black Guerrilla Family