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Report: Pretrial Detentions Continue to Plague Latin American Prisons

A new US report documents how pretrial detentions continue to overcrowd Latin America’s prison systems, leading to gang recruitment, violence and violations of...
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Coronavirus Lays Bare Faultlines of Latin American Prisons

Fears of contagion amid the coronavirus pandemic have spurred deadly riots, mass breakouts, and crackdowns in several Latin American prisons, exposing how long-term...
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Freeing of MS13 Leader in Honduras Raises More Questions Than Answers

A tactical military-style operation allegedly carried out by suspected gang members succeeded in freeing a high-profile MS13 leader jailed in Honduras, but serious...
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São Paulo, Paraguay and Beyond: The PCC’s Growing Power

Over the last few years, the PCC’s continued expansion into Paraguay has seen Brazil's most powerful criminal group leave behind its roots as a prison gang to...
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Deploying Soldiers and Tanks Hasn’t Helped Paraguay’s Prison Crisis

Following the dramatic prison break on January 19 by members of the PCC, Paraguay’s president has once again sent military troops to the country’s...
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Half of Extortion Calls in Guatemala Are Made from One Prison

New data in Guatemala has revealed that almost half of all extortion phone calls originate from a single place: the country’s largest...
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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...