Similarly to the Comando Vermelho, the First Capital Command was formed by prisoners ailing within Brazil's brutal penitentiaries.
Some have said that they were inspired by the Red Command, which was founded in the 1960's as a means of protecting and rallying prisoners against Brazilian police corruption and abuse. Similarly, the PCC first formed in 1993 because of a riot in a Brazilian prison that resulted in police officials conducting a massacre which left over 100 inmates dead in Carandiru Prison in 1992.
Since that time, the First Capital Command has orchestrated dozens of prison rebellions and targeted police attacks while advocating for better prison conditions and treatment. All this while simultaneously becoming Brazil's largest and most powerful criminal group.
While they were once allied to the Comando Vermelho in a joint struggle against state oppression, they have since found themselves warring with them, Brazil's oldest organized crime group, after pleasantries were called off in 2016. This has led to dramatic gun battles in Brazil's northern regions where drug trafficking routes are most lucrative due to the close proximity with the borders of Peru and Colombia. This in addition to territories being contested in the Comando Vermelho stronghold of Rio de Janeiro.
Reportedly, they are also linked to the 'Ndrangheta of Italy and the FARC in Colombia; with whom they seek to recruit members from, as well as to purchase heavy caliber weaponry and receive training and expertise in a number of fields pertaining to geurilla warfare and urban combat.
Given the organizations continuing use of prison riots to push for prison reform and their links to Colombia's insurgencies in the north, we might draw conclusions that the group still retains some of its political motivations. This is dissimilar to the Comando Vermelho, who appear to be wholly interested in criminal activities these days.
This may be one contributing factor to the PCC's dramatic rise to power as Brazil's largest criminal organization despite forming nearly 24 years later.