Sunday, January 08, 2006

Latin America's prisons

209% Jail occupancy level in Honduras with 79% of the prisoners without a sentence. And the guards let them kill each other.

BBC NEWS | In Depth | In figures: Latin America's prisons: "In figures: Latin America's prisons
Human rights groups are warning of a crisis in Latin America's overcrowded jails, where riots and violence are on the rise. They say tens of thousands of inmates - many of them imprisoned without sentence for year - are living in deteriorating conditions.

Below are key statistics compiled mainly by the Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Delinquency - Ilanud - over the last decade.

Honduras prison rioting kills 13
Gang members in Honduras prison
Prisons in Honduras are dominated by gang culture
Thirteen inmates have died and another was injured by gunfire in rioting at a high-security prison in Honduras.

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