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Venezuela Prison Shootout With Police Shows Criminal Control

A recent series of shootouts with police near one of Venezuela's most infamous prisons is a reminder of the control wielded by criminal groups from within...
At least 13 died in rioting at Cadereyta prison
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Mexico Prison Massacre Linked to Zetas Takeover Allegations

At least 13 people have died in a prison mutiny in north Mexico that some witnesses claim was a backlash against an attempted takeover of the prison by the Zetas,...
Venezuela's prisons are run by 'pranes,' or gang leaders
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Weekly InSight: Special Investigation on Venezuela’s Prisons

In our September 14 Facebook Live session, Co-director Jeremy McDermott and Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello spoke about InSight Crime's special investigation of...
A new prison in Costa Rica
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Crisis in the Prisons: Five Guidelines When Reforming the Penal System

The high and growing rate of imprisonment in the region is not leading to lower rates of violence and crime. In other words, we know that prisons are not the...
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The Prison Dilemma in the Americas

This series of five case studies and one policy report explores how government mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the...
Jarvis Chimenes Pavão with Paraguay anti-drug police
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Brazil Crime Boss Sold ‘Tons’ of Drugs From Paraguay Prison

Brazil authorities have reportedly dismantled an international drug trafficking network that purchased tons of drugs from a Brazilian crime boss jailed in Paraguay,...
A faction of Brazil's PCC protests against the transfer of their leaders in 2001
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Brazil’s PCC Planning Anniversary Attacks on Govt Officials: Report

A new report says that Brazil's largest and most powerful criminal organization is planning a spate of attacks against government officials to mark...
Kids behind bars in Brazil
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Jails Help Turn Kids Into Criminals. In Belize, There’s a Better Way.

In recent years, heavy-handed strategies and mass incarceration have been the preferred tactics used by many politicians in the region. Now, facing evidence that...
Late Byron Lima in handcuffs
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Guatemala Authorities Reveal New Details in Byron Lima Murder Case

Authorities in Guatemala have made several arrests and revealed previously-unknown details regarding the slaying of Byron Lima, the one-time "king" of the country's...
Opuim poppy fields in Afghanistan
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Weekly InSight: Drugs and Security, Latin America’s Lessons for the World

In our August 3 Facebook Live session, Senior Editor Mike LaSusa spoke with Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown about the lessons Latin America...
Prisoners outside Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico,
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Mexico Government Prisons Study Glosses Over Riots, Abuse

A new government study of Mexico's prison system paints a relatively favorable portrait of penitentiary conditions -- at least in a regional context. But it also...
El Pedregal Prison, Medellín, Colombia
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Sentenced Without Conviction: A Tale of Pretrial Detention in Colombia

On April 3, 2014, a dozen plainclothes police officers crashed through the door of Norbert Reinhart's Medellín apartment brandishing an arrest warrant for murder....