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Guyana Prison Riot, Fire Create Major Security Headache

Guyana Prison Riot, Fire Create Major Security Headache

A massive prison riot that occurred in Guyana's capital this past weekend could have serious ramifications on the country's overall security situation, while also underscoring well-known flaws with the region's prison systems. 

Mexico Prison Deaths Show Endemic Problems, Criminal Conflicts

Mexico Prison Deaths Show Endemic Problems, Criminal Conflicts

A violent outbreak between rival gangs in a Mexico prison in the embattled state of Guerrero that left dozens of inmates dead reflects the fight for the local criminal market and the devastating consequences of official disregard for safety inside the prisons. 

Report Underscores Crime Reduction, Abuse by El Salvador Govt

Report Underscores Crime Reduction, Abuse by El Salvador Govt

A recent report by El Salvador's ombudsman credits the government's new security measures with reducing crime, but condemns their adverse impact on prisoners' rights, raising questions about the efficacy of the country's anti-crime programs inside and outside prison walls.

Role of Female Gang Members Evolving in Honduras: Report

Role of Female Gang Members Evolving in Honduras: Report

Female gang members in Honduras are taking a more active role in criminal activities as gang leaders are transferred into maximum security prisons, a Honduras newspaper reported. If true, the long-term implications could be devastating.

Venezuela’s Top Prison Official Out, But Permissive Policy Still In

Venezuela’s Top Prison Official Out, But Permissive Policy Still In

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro announced the replacement of Prison Minister Iris Varela, but her policies that allowed criminal networks to flourish inside the country's jails seem destined to continue.

This series of case studies and policy reports explores how government policies, mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the region powerful incubators of organized crime.

This series of case studies and policy reports explores how government policies, mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the region powerful incubators of organized crime.