To Desafio, the Barrio 18 gang in Honduras was everything. It provided a family, a sense of belonging. Until his life grew increasingly violent.
Failing prison systems and entrenched corruption mean mega-prisons holding tens of thousands won't solve insecurity in Latin America.
Ecuadorean prison authorities quietly released Dritan Rexhepi, Albania's most notorious cocaine trafficker, last year.
The transfers of top gang leaders from prison to prison in Ecuador often precede outbreaks of horrifying violence.
Any chance of peace between warring gangs in Ecuador appears to be defunct after another two massacres.
Venezuela's prisons have failed to stop the country's most dangerous criminals, these can run criminal empires from behind bars.
Paraguay has seen yet another prison escape, with dozens of inmates fleeing. How can this end?…
Ecuador's complicated gang violence has been worsened by the bloody rise of R7, a small-time but brutal gang.
El Salvador has arrested over 40,000 alleged gang members. This seems shocking but it is not without precedent in the country.
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.
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 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.