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Grand Escapes and Crumbling Walls: Inside Latin America’s Prisons

In late January, a violent prison riot broke out in Venezuela’s Uribana prison, killing over 60 inmates and guards. The riot broke out when guards and state authorities attempted to confiscate prisoners’ stockpiles of contraband – primarily weapons – and the prisoners revolted in protest. Recent events in Venezuela are but one example of a regionally pervasive concern : overcrowded and violent prisons. ...

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