prisons

Gang Members, Guards Accused in Guatemala Prison Director’s Murder

Authorities in Guatemala have accused several prison guards of conspiring with alleged gang members to murder a prison director, a reminder of how widespread corruption in the penitentiary system fuels violence and criminal control…

This piece was co-authored with Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

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Latest Brazil Prison Riot Signals Emerging Security Crisis

A new round of violence in Brazil‘s prisons is reviving concerns that ongoing problems in the penitentiary system could have implications for the country’s broader security situation…

This article was co-authored with Randall Ramos and Parker Asmann. Read it in its entirety at InSight Crime.

El Salvador Doubles Down on Controversial ‘Extraordinary’ Anti-Gang Measures

Officials in El Salvador announced a new phase of “extraordinary” anti-gang measures instituted earlier this year, despite questions about the effectiveness of these policies and concerns that they may be infringing on citizens’ rights…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.

Brazil Jail Break Following Riots Spotlights Prison System in Crisis

A recent prison guard strike in northeastern Brazil sparked rioting by inmates, which in turn led to a mass jail break — a chaotic series of events that shines a spotlight on some of the systemic issues facing the country’s correctional institutions…

Read this piece in its entirety at InSight Crime.