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The Salvadorean government has dismissed 330 prison staff members since Friday, in an attempt to crack down on gang activity.
In the latest of a series of prison breaks, on Monday fourteen inmates escaped from a penal center in Chihuahua, Mexico, where drug violence has led criminal syndicates like the Zetas to attempt multiple bold raids on the country's prisons.
This month’s attack on the head of the Honduran prison system has raised the important question: Does the government have any control over its penitentiaries?
The Guatemalan Public Ministry and the National Police say they have identified five major leaders of the Barrio 18 (M-18) gang currently held at the maximum security prison, and who are responsible for extorting people throughout the country from their cells.
The announcement comes on the heels of accusations that one of the jailed leaders of the M-18 faction, known as “Little Sayco Criminal,” had planned and executed the bombing of a bus last month, which killed seven civilians.
Wednesday night a federal judge suspended all screenings of a controversial documentary film which tracks the failings of the Mexician criminal justice system.
One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest paramilitary leaders is still commanding his group from prison, according to reports. This calls into question the effectiveness of the government's campaign against the militias, now one of the main instigators of the violence in the city.
The escape of six alleged Brazilian gang members from a prison in Paraguay highlights the rampant corruption within the country’s penal system.
In one week Mexico has seen the army called in to break up a deadly riot in one prison, and the discovery of the severed head of an official from another, in signs of the spiralling chaos inside many of the country's prisons.
Two mass kidnappings inside prisons in under a month have rattled Venezuela, and offered further evidence that the system may be on the verge of collapse.
Seventeen inmates in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas tunneled out of a prison in Reynosa, offering another glimpse of a system that is struggling to keep up with the demands placed upon it by President Felipe Calderon’s aggressive anti-crime strategy.