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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...
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Venezuela Prison Riots Leave at least 23 Dead

Nineteen inmates died in a clash in a Venezuelan prison on Sunday, while four inmates were killed in riots in another prison within...
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Honduras Levies Security Tax to Pay for Prison

With Honduras set to build its first ever maximum security prison, the government is wrestling with some serious questions: will the prison itself become a hotbed...
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Jailbreaks Just the Most Obvious Problem of Mexico’s Prisons

Seventeen inmates in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas tunneled out of a prison in Reynosa, offering another glimpse of a system that is struggling to...
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Inmate Takeovers Reflect Chaos in Venezuela Prisons

Two mass kidnappings inside prisons in under a month have rattled Venezuela, and offered further evidence that the system may be on the verge of...
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Riot, Decapitation Spell Chaos in Mexico’s Prisons

In one week Mexico has seen the army called in to break up a deadly riot in one prison, and the discovery of the severed head of an official from another, in signs...
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Paraguay Jail Break Highlights Leaky System

The escape of six alleged Brazilian gang members from a prison in Paraguay highlights the rampant corruption within the country’s penal...
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Prison No Problem for Rio’s Militia Leaders

One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest paramilitary leaders is still commanding his group from prison, according to reports. This calls into question the effectiveness of...
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RawFeed: Controversial Prison Documentary Yanked in Mexico

Wednesday night a federal judge suspended all screenings of a controversial documentary film which tracks the failings of the Mexician criminal justice...
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Guatemala Seeks to Curb Crimes Committed from Jails

The Guatemalan Public Ministry and the National Police say they have identified five major leaders of the Barrio 18 (M-18)  gang currently held at the maximum...
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Attack on Prison Official Reveals Holes in Honduran Penitentiaries

This month’s attack on the head of the Honduran prison system has raised the important question: Does the government have any control over its...