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The role of female gang members may be evolving in Honduras

Role of Female Gang Members Evolving in Honduras: Report

Female gang members in Honduras are taking a more active role in criminal activities as gang leaders are transferred into maximum security prisons, a Honduras...
President Nicolás Maduro

Venezuela’s Top Prison Official Out, But Permissive Policy Still In

Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro announced the replacement of Prison Minister Iris Varela, but her policies that allowed criminal networks to flourish inside...
Mirna Cartagena, who did 8 years in jail for drug trafficking, during a 2012 interview with the author

Former Trafficker Reflects Trend of Growing Women Prison Population

Latin America's female prison population is growing faster than the number of men in jail, according to a recent report. InSight Crime's Senior Investigator Deborah...
José Virgilio Sánchez Montoya, alias “Pechocho"

Honduras Arrests Gang Member Thought to Already Be in Prison

Authorities in Honduras are investigating whether a recently captured alleged gang member escaped from prison unnoticed by swapping his identity with another...
This week's Facebook Live stream tackled prisons

Weekly InSight: Latin America’s Prison Dilemma

In our June 1 Facebook Live, co-directors Steven Dudley and Jeremy McDermott spoke about InSight Crime’s special investigation of prisons and their often...
88 inmates recently escaped from Parnamirim prison

Massive Jail Break Highlights Ongoing Turmoil in Brazil’s Prisons

Nearly 90 alleged gang members escaped from a prison in northern Brazil, yet another illustration of how criminal groups have usurped control of the country's...
"La Patrona" after her arrest in El Salvador

Guatemala Fugitive ‘La Patrona’ Recaptured in El Salvador

Authorities in El Salvador arrested a fugitive crime boss who had escaped from a Guatemala prison two weeks earlier, with officials from both countries crediting...
Interior of maximum-security prison Puente Grande

Crime Groups Control 65 Percent of State Prisons in Mexico: Report

Organized crime groups control 65 percent of state prisons in Mexico, according to a government report about prison conditions in the country published this...
Prison guards walk into Honduras's Támara prison

Series of Escapes Underscores Weakness of Honduras Prison System

Sixty-five people escaped from prison in less than 15 days in Honduras, highlighting the chronic dysfunction of the country's prison...
The escape of Marixa Ethelinda Lemus Pérez, alias “La Patrona,” is the latest blow to the country's prison system

‘La Patrona’ Escape from Guatemala Prison Spotlights Institutional Corruption

A former mayoral candidate turned criminal leader in Guatemala has escaped from one of the country's detention centers, further illustrating how corrupt...
The maximum security penitentiary of Puente Grande, in Jalisco

Mexico Prison Party Video Illustrates Lack of Control in Penitentiaries

A recently-released video recorded in a maximum-security prison in Mexico shows inmates throwing a party, serving as a reminder of the authority wielded by criminal...
A security officer asking Barrio 18 leaders to open the prison gates

Top Guatemala Prison Official Filmed Negotiating with Gangs: Report

A recently published video appears to show the head of Guatemala's penitentiary system negotiating with gang leaders in a maximum-security prison, a stark reminder...