Are Miranda Warnings Required Before Police Ask Someone if He or She is in a Gang?

The following case summary spotlights the competing government interest in solving a crime and ensuring safety of inmaters in jail.  The jailer asked a suspect if he had any contraband on him and the suspect answers, but in doing so admits gang membership.  A further set of questions by another jailer, purportedly for inmate safety, reveals the identity of the gang.  Is this a Miranda violation if later used for a sentence enhancement?  Click on the following link to read answers.


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