The term peckerwood eventually came to describe white prison inmates in California, especially those men who were willing to fight in order to avoid being raped or robbed by fellow prisoners. It was through this characterization that the title became a source of pride for some whites, especially many within white power movements. It is disputed whether the Peckerwoods are a collection of organized white power gangs, or if they lack structure and only make up a collection of individuals who are Aryan Brotherhood or other white supremacist gang prospects.
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