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Systemic Colombia Prison Corruption Reaches Top Officials

Two jail directors and 120 workers within Colombia’s national prison system are accused of charging inmates for perks, including better housing, in a case that underscores the role jail authorities play in the vast corruption networks within Latin America’s...

Brazen Paraguay Vehicle Theft Shows Minotauro’s Influence from Jail

Despite being jailed in a federal prison in Brazil, an alleged PCC gang leader continues to govern the Brazil-Paraguay border, suggesting that the government is showing no clear...

Brazil Clampdown on Gang-Controlled Prisons Unlikely to Succeed

A recent prison crackdown in Brazil has sparked a violent response from the country’s most powerful organized crime group, but the government's measures lack long-term focus and...

Ceará Gang Truce Shows Brazil Government Could Be Common Enemy

The northern state of Ceará in Brazil has become a battlefield after government plans to clamp down on...

From Prison in Argentina, Monos Leaders Show Power

A violent attack on a courthouse days after the sentencing of 34 members of Argentina’s most notorious drug trafficking organization shows that the culmination of the ambitious...

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Latin America Looks Inward to Evaluate Drug Policy Impact

Latin American civil society groups are attempting to turn "war on drugs" logic on its...

They’re like ‘Circus Animals’: Mexico’s Drug Lords and Other Prison Problems

Psychoanalyst and anthropologist Elena Azaola is one of Mexico's foremost experts on...

New Video Appears of Hit Squad in Mine-Rich Mexico Region

A new video of a caravan of hitmen in northern Mexican offers a rare view of the fighting...

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