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Who Are Ecuador's Newest, Bloodthirstiest Prison Gang?

NEWS / 21 JUL 2022

Ecuador's complicated gang violence has been worsened by the bloody rise of R7, a small-time but brutal gang.

Mano Dura Redux: The Price of Mass Gang Arrests in El Salvador

NEWS / 15 JUN 2022

El Salvador has arrested over 40,000 alleged gang members. This seems shocking but it is not without precedent in the country.

Ecuador Gangs Talk of Peace but May Keep Preparing for War

NEWS / 9 JUN 2022

Ecuador's two leading drug gangs are talking the talk when it comes to peace, but walking the walk may be a step too far.

Will Soaring Arrests in El Salvador Overwhelm its Prisons?

NEWS / 16 MAY 2022

As part of his sweeping gang crackdown, El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has overseen the mass imprisonment of tens of thousands of people, potentially jeopardizing recent efforts to mitigate overcrowding…

Ecuador's Smaller Gangs Making Deadly Statements in Large-Scale Massacres

NEWS / 10 MAY 2022

Ecuador has seen its sixth large-scale prison massacre since the start of 2021, with at least 44 prisoners being killed during a riot at a jail west of Quito.

Colombia's Prison Corruption Exposed as Top Trafficker Strolls Out

NEWS / 21 MAR 2022

A top Colombian drug trafficker walked out of a maximum-security prison in Bogotá without ever being challenged, exposing deep-seated corruption and threatening important criminal cases.

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