Latin America prisons http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22169/all en How packed are the Americas' prisons? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120510/prison-population-and-capacity-statistics-the-americas <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Prison overcrowding is a major concern throughout much of the Americas. GlobalPost maps out prison populations and capacity by country. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyle Kim </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><h2> Occupancy levels of prisons by country in 2011&nbsp;</h2> <p> <em>(All data was provided by the UK&#39;s International Center for Prison Studies)</em></p> <p> <iframe height="700" scrolling="no" src="https://www.google.com/fusiontables/embedviz?viz=MAP&amp;q=select+col4%3E%3E1+from+3852113+&amp;h=false&amp;lat=15.892523029996834&amp;lng=-74.8388671875&amp;z=5&amp;t=1&amp;l=col4%3E%3E1" width="650"></iframe></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120510/prison-population-and-capacity-statistics-the-americas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Americas Mexico United States Mon, 14 May 2012 10:05:00 +0000 Kyle Kim 5703809 at http://www.globalpost.com In-Depth Series: Encarcelacion — Latin America's fatal prison problem http://www.globalpost.com/series/latin-america-prison-problems 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. Latin America prisons Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +0000 5703929 at http://www.globalpost.com In Venezuela’s prisons, inmates are the wardens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/120511/inside-violent-venezuelan-prison-la-planta CARACAS, Venezuela — Through the darkness, noise and the bustling crowd, it takes a moment before you notice that everyone here is carrying a machine gun, a rifle or pistol — not slung over their backs or tucked into their pants, but menacingly prone. Others toss grenades up and down or sharpen knives while enjoying the cocktail of drugs and music.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/venezuela/120511/inside-violent-venezuelan-prison-la-planta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Venezuela Mon, 14 May 2012 10:22:00 +0000 Girish Gupta 5703999 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexican hot potato over who controls prisons http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/120513/mexican-prisons-out-of-control MEXICO CITY — When 800 police officers stormed a prison in Sonora state in April, they found a cache of homemade knives, drugs and personal electronics. A similar raid last fall in Acapulco uncovered much of the same — along with bottles of liquor, prostitutes and even peacocks.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/120513/mexican-prisons-out-of-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Mexico Mon, 14 May 2012 10:19:57 +0000 David Agren 5704104 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazil: Rio shuts makeshift police-run jails http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/120513/rio-de-janeiro-shuts-illegal-police-run-holding-centers SAO GONÇALO, Brazil — In this working-class suburb of Rio de Janeiro, women and babies line up with beans and crackers in front of what used to be a horse stable. Hundreds of men accused of drug trafficking, murder, robbery, sexual assault or paramilitary activity are waiting for them inside. These ad hoc police-run jails were never meant to exist.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/brazil/120513/rio-de-janeiro-shuts-illegal-police-run-holding-centers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Brazil Mon, 14 May 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Taylor Barnes 5704128 at http://www.globalpost.com Caging in Central America http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120513/honduras-prison-fire-central-america-jail-crisis <p>COMAYAGUA, Honduras &mdash; The devastating prison fire in Honduras in February was the latest crisis for Central Americas&rsquo; crumbling justice systems and provoked heartbreak across a region where citizens have lost faith in law enforcement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120513/honduras-prison-fire-central-america-jail-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Honduras Latin America prisons Americas Mon, 14 May 2012 10:20:00 +0000 Mike McDonald 5704133 at http://www.globalpost.com Drug legalization camp has another reason to get fired up http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/legalize-it-camp-overcrowded-prisons-latin-america Governments are waging a costly battle against narcotics. And many have pretty stiff, if not draconian, anti-narcotics laws, which send drug users, dealers and mules to jail in big numbers that swell prison populations beyond capacity.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/chatter/legalize-it-camp-overcrowded-prisons-latin-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Americas Chatter Wed, 16 May 2012 12:13:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5704369 at http://www.globalpost.com Honduras: Another day, another prison riot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/another-day-another-prison-riot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gun-battling prisoners took over Honduras' San Pedro Sula prison. Experts say they were in control all along. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Leff </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Rioting inmates have taken control of Honduras&rsquo; prison in San Pedro Sula. However, most Hondurans could tell you that the prisoners really had the power to begin with.</p> <p>On Wednesday, gun-toting prisoners got into a shootout that killed at least one person and injured 10, the BBC <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18111883" target="_blank">reports</a> citing Honduran officials. The report says the city&#39;s bishop is trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome between the inmates.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/americas/another-day-another-prison-riot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Honduras Latin America prisons Americas Chatter Fri, 18 May 2012 16:46:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5704754 at http://www.globalpost.com Can El Salvador’s gang truce hold? (PHOTOS) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120521/el-salvador-mara-gang-truce <p>SAN SALVADOR &mdash; One of six siblings whose single mother struggled to make ends meet, Carlos was recruited to the Mara Salvatrucha &mdash; one of two Central American gangs whose violent tentacles reach from Los Angeles to Lima &mdash; when he was just 12. Yet Carlos&rsquo; most dangerous challenge may have been his decision to leave gang life behind him, eventually joining Quetzalcoatl, a small nonprofit (named after a Mesoamerican deity) that works to save youngsters from El Salvador&rsquo;s rampant, senseless violence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120521/el-salvador-mara-gang-truce" target="_blank">read more</a></p> El Salvador Latin America prisons Americas Tue, 22 May 2012 10:16:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5705031 at http://www.globalpost.com 132 inmates escape Mexican prison near US boarder http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120918/132-inmates-escape-mexican-prison-near-us-boarder Mexican authorities are offering a hefty reward for the capture of 132 inmates who escaped from prison in the border town of Piedras Negras in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. According to officials, 82 of the inmates were charged with federal crimes. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/120918/132-inmates-escape-mexican-prison-near-us-boarder" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Americas Mexico United States Tue, 18 Sep 2012 12:31:00 +0000 Stacey Leasca 5719642 at http://www.globalpost.com In Mexico, breaking out of jail the easy way http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/120926/piedras-negras-prison-break <p style="line-height: 20px; ">MEXICO CITY &mdash; The news was disturbing: 132 inmates burrowed through a tunnel and out of the prison in Piedras Negras, near the Texas border.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">What followed was a familiar narrative. </span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Local officials pointed the finger at the usual suspects, Los Zetas.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">Along the way, the awful truth emerged.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 20px; ">The inmates had actually walked out the prison door.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/120926/piedras-negras-prison-break" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Conflict Zones Mexico Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:22:00 +0000 David Agren 5720672 at http://www.globalpost.com Ecuador is freeing thousands of convicted drug mules http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/141003/ecuador-releases-drug-mules-victims <p>LIMA &mdash; In Latin America&rsquo;s latest challenge to Washington&rsquo;s &lsquo;war on drugs,&rsquo; Ecuador has quietly begun releasing thousands of convicted cocaine smugglers. The country&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.justicia.gob.ec/codigo-organico-integral-penal-el-impulso-para-una-justicia-moderna-y-agil/" target="_blank">new criminal law</a> treats &lsquo;drug mules&rsquo; as vulnerable people exploited by cartels than as hardened criminals and applies heavily reduced jail sentences to those already convicted of smuggling small amounts.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/141003/ecuador-releases-drug-mules-victims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Latin America prisons Americas Want to Know United States Mon, 06 Oct 2014 06:06:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 6276508 at http://www.globalpost.com