First Step To Freedom: Gangster Disciples In Chicago Benefiting From White House Bill

June 27, 2020 – The White House’s First Step Act has been kind to Chicago’s Gangster Disciples gang. President Donald Trump signed the act into effect in 2018 in an effort to provide sentencing reductions to non-violent drug offenders serving life.

Since last summer, three former high-ranking GDs have walked free. In August 2019, William (Too Short) Edwards, who ran the city’s South Side, was released. Back in November, Johnny (Crusher) Jackson, Edwards’s youth recruiting coordinator and “junior boss,” came home. Just this spring, James (King) Yates got out of his life term courtesy of the First Step Act. Yates controlled the south suburbs for the GDs in the early 1990s.

They all worked for Larry Hoover, the legendary Gangster Disciple founder and Godfather, who has been in prison for the last 47 years. He is also seeking relief from the First Step Act.

Hoover formed the Gangster Disciples in 1969 on the South Side of Chicago when he merged his Supreme Gangsters crew with David Barksdale’s Black Disciples gang. Barksdale died of kidney failure in the 1970s. The 69-year old Hoover is alleged to run the GD Nation from behind bars, holding the final say in activities now spanning tens of thousands of soldiers and an imprint in multiple states.

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