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Drones Rain Contraband on Panama Prison

A burst of attempted contraband smuggling into Panama’s largest prison complex has challenged governments claims about the success of recent reforms in bolstering...
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Cooking Cocaine in Full View of Guards at Paraguay’s Largest Prison

A drug kitchen was openly run by inmates inside Paraguay’s biggest prison, Tacumbú, in one of the clearest representations to date about how corruption has taken...
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Mexico to Close Prison Infamous for Narco Parties, ‘El Chapo’ Escape

A federal prison that housed some of Mexico’s most powerful crime bosses will shut down, marking the end for a facility that saw everything from high-profile...
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Deaths Inside Venezuelan Prisons Doubled During Pandemic

Inmate deaths have doubled in Venezuela's jails during the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis that underscores how the country's anarchic prisons foment violence and...
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Honduras Unable to Curb Rising Violence Inside Prisons

Targeted killings, massacres, and deadly riots have all occurred in Honduras' maximum-security prisons this year, putting a spotlight on how violence has spiraled...
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Coronavirus Unrest Sparks Surge in Riots in Latin America’s Prisons

Inmate uprisings have ripped through prisons in Latin America amid COVID-19 outbreaks, offering further evidence that the region’s prison systems are buckling...
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What are the Signs a Latin American Prison Is Working or Not?

As part of his work in human rights, transitional justice and prison reform, Michael Reed has been inside dozens of prisons across the Americas. Reed, a dual...
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Gang Violence Increasingly Spreading to Women’s Prisons in Honduras

Deadly violence within female prisons in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador is rare. But a spate of recent murders in a Honduran prison appears to be a warning...
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Rift in Bagdad Crime Syndicate Fueling Violence in Panama

Homicides in western Panama have surged in a cycle of revenge killings, as one of the country's largest gangs struggles to maintain power and control over...
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Venezuela Prison Implodes Under Additional Strain From Coronavirus

In mid-March, alarms were being raised about how vulnerable Venezuelan prisoners were to the spread of the coronavirus and the draconian measures implemented to...
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How to Measure Coronavirus’ Criminal Impact in the Americas? Wait.

The coronavirus has upended crime. But measuring it has not been easy. And predicting its impact going forward may be even more...
Inmates in Argentina are demanding protection from a potential Coronavirus outbreak in prisons
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Coronavirus Turns House Arrest Into Hot Button Issue in Argentina

Fears of the coronavirus' spread within Argentina's prisons has ignited inmate protests and led officials to release prisoners to house arrest, a move that has...