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134 Inmates Escape From Prisons in Bahia, Brazil

More than 130 inmates escaped in two mass prison breaks from separate facilities in Brazil over the last three...
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90% of those Arrested in Bogota Avoid Prison, Due to Weak System

More than 90 percent of those who are arrested in Bogota, Colombia, avoid prison sentences due to a system riddled with procedural errors, according to a report by...
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Violence in Venezuela Prisons Claims Over 400 Lives in 2011

An NGO reported that the number of prisoners killed in custody in 2011 has already surpassed the total for 2010, making the Venezuelan jails among the most...
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Roosters, Prostitutes, Marijuana Found in Acapulco Jail

Authorities in Mexico found drugs, roosters and prostitutes in a Guerrero state prison this week, illustrating the continuing difficulty the government has in...
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Brazil Authorities Bust Prison Officials Suspected of Extortion Ring

Authorities in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro state have issued arrest warrants for nine people in connection with an extortion ring that demanded bribes from those...
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Police Intercept Massive Beer Delivery at Notorious Rio Prison

Despite promising to increase security following a inmate party in September, Brazilian officials are investigating why 2,600 cans of beer were delivered to a Rio...
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‘Gang Boss’ Behind Taking of 60 Hostages in Venezuela Prison

Inmates at a maximum security prison in Venezuela have held some 60 prison employees hostage since October 14, reportedly at the request of a powerful prison gang...
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Venezuela Prison Crisis Continues with 13 Dead

Attempts at reform have failed to halt the crisis in Venezuela's prison system, where 13 inmates have died and 62 been wounded since the new prison minister was...
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Time to Privatize Colombia’s Prisons?

Since the days of Pablo Escobar, Colombian prisons have shielded criminals who continue to run their business from behind bars, and the current crisis in the system...
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Venezuelan Prison Minister Orders Suspension of Imprisonment

The new Venezuelan Minister of Correctional Services, Iris Varela, has put a hold on the admission of inmates into prisons in the country, with the exception of...
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Freeing Inmates Not Enough to Fix Venezuela Prisons

Venezuela's new prison minister has promised to release nearly half of the country’s inmates in an effort to ease overcrowding, but this fails to take into account...
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Sinister Details Emerge of Mexico Jail Massacre

As Mexican authorities investigate the murder of 17 inmates in a Juarez jail, video footage from the scene has painted a picture of a cold-blooded killing, which...