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Overcrowding Allows Bolivia’s Prison Gangs to Flourish

Bolivia’s prison system, already running at almost double capacity, saw a 20 percent rise in the number of inmates in 2011, presenting a fertile breeding ground...
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Prison Standoffs Spiral Across Venezuela

The taking of at least eight police hostage in a jail in western Venezuela is the sixth incident in which a detention center has experienced a standoff since the...
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Mexico Deadly Inmate Riot Underscores Poor Prison Conditions

A prison riot in the northern state of Tamaulipas left at least 31 people dead and at least another 13 wounded, pointing to the problem of overcrowding and violence...
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950 Relatives of Inmates Occupy Prison in Venezuela

In an apparent protest of Venezuela’s shoddy prison conditions and drawn-out judicial processes, at least 950 people have occupied a northern prison where their...
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Peru Protests Against Prison Expansion, Despite Desperate Overcrowding

Violent protests in southern Peru over the proposed expansion of a local prison call attention to the need for prison reform across the country, which holds 49,000...
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Prison Staff Detained After 11 ‘Zetas’ Escape

Eighteen prison officials are under investigation for allegedly helping the escape of 11 suspected Zetas from a prison in the state of Puebla, southwest...
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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...