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Prisons in Paraguay Struggle to Combat Violence from Crack Epidemic

A brutal clash between two clans in a prison in Paraguay this year has shined light on the country’s consumption of crack, the drug that spurred the birth of the...
Authorities in Argentina dismantled an organization whose leader operated from inside a prison in Rosario
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Argentina’s Piñero Prison Becoming Increasing Organized Crime Hotspot

Authorities in Argentina dismantled a drug trafficking organization whose leader operated from inside a prison in one of the country’s crime hotspots, unveiling...
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Overcrowded, Too Few Guards and Easy Access to Drugs in Paraguay’s Most Crowded Prison

The June 2019 massacre of 13 Rotela Clan members by PCC inmates at the San Pedro prison in Paraguay shed light on the critical situation in which the South American...
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Women in Brazil PCC Cell Take Part in Planning Killings

Female members of a cell of Brazil’s violent PCC prison gang ordered and carried out the killing of another woman, challenging the assumption that women only...
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Brazil Govt Dismisses Prison Torture Despite Mounting Evidence

A damning report stating that federal agents systematically tortured prisoners in Brazil's northern state of Pará have found little attention from President Jair...
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Homeless People Abused to Smuggle Cell Phones in Costa Rica Jails

A group that used homeless people to smuggle cell phones and drugs into Costa Rican prisons is under investigation, the second time such a ring has been exposed in...
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Venezuela’s Tren de Aragua Gang Seeks to Grow Inside Brazil Prisons

Members of Venezuela's large and dangerous Tren del Aragua gang are actively trying to expand their group's influence in the Brazilian prisons where they are...
The Piñero prison, in the city of Rosario, hold high-profile drug traffickers
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Cash-for-Visits Ignites Battle in Infamous Argentina Jail

Relatives of imprisoned drug traffickers charged fees from other families to let them in to see their loved ones in an Argentine jail -- proof that prisons are...
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Top 3 Security Challenges Awaiting Guatemala’s President-Elect

Alejandro Giammattei, a 63-year-old doctor linked to Guatemala’s right-wing elite, became the country’s president almost by surprise. After starting low in the...
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Ecuador Inmates Killed Amid Prison Crisis

A string of inmate deaths after the deployment of extra troops and police to Ecuador's prisons illustrates that sending in reinforcements is not enough to end the...
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Legal Loophole Allows Mexico Drug Lord Luxury Jail Conditions

One of Mexico’s richest drug lords lives in luxury in his prison cell, attended by a butler and a private chef, demonstrating that the country’s most...
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El Salvador Inmates Defy Phone Ban With Toilet Paper, Toothpaste

A government crackdown on phone use in prisons has led inmates in El Salvador to adopt desperate measures to communicate with the outside world, including using...