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Massive jailbreaks in Mexico. Prison riots in Venezuela, and fires in Honduras. Latin America's prisons are overcrowded, out of control and ready to burst. In this in-depth series, GlobalPost goes inside some of the Americas' most violent prisons to investigate a correctional system that has gone horribly wrong.

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An inmate of an unauthorized holding center is apprehensive about an impending transfer to a new facility. His arms are tattooed with dedications to his son and mother. (Jimmy Chalk/GlobalPost)

How packed are the Americas' prisons?

Prison overcrowding is a major concern throughout much of the Americas. GlobalPost maps out prison populations and capacity by country.

Occupancy levels of prisons by country in 2011 

(All data was provided by the UK's International Center for Prison Studies)


Comparing 1992 and 2010 incarceration rates by country


Comparing 1992 and 2010 prison population growth by country