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José Virgilio Sánchez Montoya, alias “Pechocho"
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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‘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
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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
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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...
Haiti’s prisons are the most overcrowded in the world
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Report Proposes Offering Legal Aid to Curtail Prison Overcrowding in Haiti

A recent report advocates increasing legal assistance for Haiti's prisoners awaiting trial, an initiative that could lessen some of the human and financial losses...
Venezuela’s Minister Iris Varela
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‘Neutralize’ the Riot, Venezuela Prison Minister Told Inmates

Recent comments on television by Venezuela's head of the penitentiary system blatantly exposed the extent to which prisons have been left under the inmates'...
A police officer inspecting a cell in La Joyita, Panama
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Video of Armed Inmates Shows Conditions in Panama Prisons

A video recorded in a Panama prison showing inmates holding weapons casts new doubts on the state of the country's prison...