In Honduras, ‘Gangs Effectively Control the Prisons’

Inmates inside a prison in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Feb. 7, 2018 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).
Inmates inside a prison in Puerto Lempira, Honduras, Feb. 7, 2018 (AP photo by Rodrigo Abd).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on prison conditions and criminal justice policy around the world. Dozens of inmates were killed in a wave of violence that swept across Honduran prisons in recent weeks, as rival gangs staged a series of bloody riots and retaliatory attacks against each other. The country’s penal system has a long history of gang-driven violence, but the recent killings represent a notable uptick, says Eric L. Olson, director of policy at the Seattle International Foundation and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. In an email interview […]

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