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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...
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Juarez Prison Riot Leaves 17 Dead

A clash between two street gangs linked to the Juarez Cartel and the Sinaloa Cartel in a prison in Ciudad Juarez, north Mexico, left 17 people dead and 20...
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New Venezuela Prison Minister Promises Reform

Venezuela’s newly appointed prison minister has promised sweeping reforms to tackle overcrowding and violence in the country’s penal...
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North Mexico Prison Sees Mass Break-Out

Some 59 prisoners escaped and seven died during a riot at a prison in the town of Nuevo Laredo, north...
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Venezuela Negotiates End to Prison Stand-Off

A 27-day uprising in a Venezuelan prison has ended after talks, with some claiming that the government allowed an inmate ringleader to go...
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40 Prisoners Escape Brazil Police Station Through Tunnel

At least 40 prisoners escaped using a tunnel dug 10 meters deep under the wall of a police station in Curitiba, south...
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Venezuela Probes TV Network Over Prison Riots

Venezuelan authorities have opened an investigation into one of the country’s major news networks for its coverage of an ongoing prison...
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Venezuela Govt Pledges to Reform Prisons

As the stand-off in a Venezuela prison continues, the government has pledged to invest in reforming the...
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Venezuela Prison Crisis is Chance for Political Point Scoring

The struggle to retake a Venezuelan prison from its heavily-armed inmates has spawned a political battle, with the government opening an investigation into the...