Dead Man Incorporated

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Dead Man Inc.
Dead Man Incorporated.jpg
Gang's name tattooed on a member's back.
Founder Perry Roark,Brian Jordan, and Jimmy Sweeney
Founding location Maryland Correctional System (has since expanded)
Years active Since 2000
Ethnicity Predominantly white.
Criminal activities

Assault, Attempted murder, Cigarette smuggling, Contract killing, drug trafficking, Murder,

Prostitution. trafficking in contraband, etc.
Allies Black Guerrilla Family (somewhat)

Dead Man Inc. or DMI is a predominantly white prison gang with branches in many correctional facilities throughout the U.S.


DMI was founded by Brian Jordan, Perry Roark and James Sweeney in the late 1990s in the Maryland Department of Corrections. Roark was a close associate of the Black Guerrilla Family and received permission from them to start an organization to unite white inmates in the system. The group grew in size quickly due to infiltration by a man named Michael Quinn, who had joined to secure protection for himself. He recruited anybody who wanted to join in every location. Sweeney sought numbers as opposed to quality as he felt secure with numbers and thought numbers brought strength.[1]


  • Members often refer to each other as "Dawgs", an acronym meaning "DMI Against World Government"
  • Tattoos include dogs, DMI, the numbers 4, 13, and 9 (4=D, 13=M, 9=I), and the pyramid with a severed eye of providence.
  • Members have now started to wear black and white bandanas in their left pocket


The gang hierarchy is divided into many sections, with the Supreme Commanders (SC) at the very top. These are the gang's founders Perry Roark, James Sweeney and Bryan Jordan.[2] DMI members in each facility are collectively called a "unit". Each unit is led by a commander, followed by lieutenant, field general, sergeant-at-arms, and a finance officer.

Criminal activities[edit]

Initially, DMI worked for the BGF, but soon began offering those services to other gangs by targeting rivals and correctional staff. This led to entry into drug trafficking and other crimes to advance their own agendas as their size and power increased.[1]

Recent activities[edit]

Due to its increasing power within the Maryland Correctional System, DMI leaders have been transferred to facilities in other states including Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. This has facilitated the spread of the gang. It has also been reported that DMI has been moving its operations into the streets of Baltimore. There are currently six main units in Baltimore City, one in Carroll County, and one in Howard County.

There has been much upheaval and internal strife within the organization itself. The once tight-knit structure of the group has broken down with the explosion in numbers, as members compete with one another leading to violence between members. Fueling these internal divisions is the fact that leaders disagreed about the direction of the gang. Perry Roark wanted to return the gang to its former position alongside the BGF, while other leaders want to adopt a white supremacist ideology.[3]

A federal grand jury in Baltimore has charged 22 defendants with conspiracy to participate in a violent racketeering enterprise. All but one defendant are also charged with conspiring to distribute drugs. The indictment was returned on October 6, 2011 and unsealed upon the arrests of seven defendants and the execution of seven search warrants. Eleven defendants were previously in custody and four defendants are still at large.[4]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Dead Man Inc.," Lawton Crime Beat, The Baltimore Sun.
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  4. ^ "Twenty-Two Alleged Members of Violent "Dead Man Incorporated" Gang Indicted on Federal Racketeering, Murder, and Drug Charges That May Bring Life in Federal Prison". FBI. November 2, 2011. Retrieved November 5, 2011.