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In our September 14 Facebook Live session, Co-director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello spoke about InSight Crime's special investigation of Venezuela's prison system, the final part of a broader project looking at Latin America's prison dilemma. 

Venezuela Prisons: 'Pranes' and 'Revolutionary' Criminality

Venezuela Prisons: 'Pranes' and 'Revolutionary' Criminality

In May 2011, a 26-year-old prison gang leader held 4,000 members of the Venezuelan security forces, backed by tanks and helicopters, at bay for weeks. Humiliated nationally and internationally, it pushed President Hugo Chávez into a different and disastrous approach to the prison system.

Crisis in the Prisons: Five Guidelines When Reforming the Penal System

Crisis in the Prisons: Five Guidelines When Reforming the Penal System

The high and growing rate of imprisonment in the region is not leading to lower rates of violence and crime. In other words, we know that prisons are not the solution. But if this is the default policy, then we should at least do it in the most humane way possible.

Brazil Crime Boss Sold 'Tons' of Drugs from Paraguay Prison

Brazil Crime Boss Sold 'Tons' of Drugs from Paraguay Prison

Brazil authorities have reportedly dismantled an international drug trafficking network that purchased tons of drugs from a Brazilian crime boss jailed in Paraguay, in the latest illustration of how this powerful figure fuels crime and violence within and beyond prison walls.

Brazil's PCC Planning Anniversary Attacks on Govt Officials: Report

Brazil's PCC Planning Anniversary Attacks on Govt Officials: Report

A new report says that Brazil's largest and most powerful criminal organization is planning a spate of attacks against government officials to mark the anniversary of the group's founding, but questions remain regarding the validity of the threats and the gang's motivations for carrying them out.

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.