All About Prisons

BRAZIL / 11 JUL 2011

At least 40 prisoners escaped using a tunnel dug 10 meters deep under the wall of a police station in Curitiba, south Brazil.

PRISONS / 1 JUL 2011

Venezuelan authorities have opened an investigation into one of the country’s major news networks for its coverage of an ongoing prison crisis.

PRISONS / 22 JUN 2011

As the stand-off in a Venezuela prison continues, the government has pledged to invest in reforming the system.

PRISONS / 21 JUN 2011

The struggle to retake a Venezuelan prison from its heavily-armed inmates has spawned a political battle, with the government opening an investigation into the prison gang bosses’ alleged links to…

PRISONS / 15 JUN 2011

Nineteen inmates died in a clash in a Venezuelan prison on Sunday, while four inmates were killed in riots in another prison within days.

HONDURAS / 10 JUN 2011

With Honduras set to build its first ever maximum security prison, the government is wrestling with some serious questions: will the prison itself become a hotbed for crime? And if…

MEXICO / 26 MAY 2011

Seventeen inmates in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas tunneled out of a prison in Reynosa, offering another glimpse of a system that is struggling to keep up…

KIDNAPPING / 24 MAY 2011

Two mass kidnappings inside prisons in under a month have rattled Venezuela, and offered further evidence that the system may be on the verge of collapse.

MEXICO / 13 MAY 2011

In one week Mexico has seen the army called in to break up a deadly riot in one prison, and the discovery of the severed head of an official from…

PARAGUAY / 5 MAY 2011

The escape of six alleged Brazilian gang members from a prison in Paraguay highlights the rampant corruption within the country’s penal system.

BRAZIL / 28 APR 2011

One of Rio de Janeiro’s biggest paramilitary leaders is still commanding his group from prison, according to reports. This calls into question the effectiveness of the government's campaign against the…

MEXICO / 3 MAR 2011

Wednesday night a federal judge suspended all screenings of a controversial documentary film which tracks the failings of the Mexician criminal justice system.

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FEATURED / 2 NOV 2020

In early 2009, Steven Dudley was in Medellín, Colombia. His assignment: speak to a jailed paramilitary leader in the Itagui prison, just south of the city. Following his interview inside…