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Photo Essay: Latin America Prisons

I thought it was time to wander over to the excellent Denver Post again to see what galleries they have put up since my last visit, as always I was anything but dissappointed

“A Honduran fire and a Mexican massacre have drawn new attention to deteriorating conditions at prisons in Latin America.

Many of the prisons are stuffed over capacity, leaving inmates to string hammocks from the ceiling or bed down on the floor. Members of a gang known as the Mara 18 crowd into cells at the Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador while women Inmates wait in a cell at the Ilopango Women’s Prison in San Salvador.”

Photos: Latin America Prisons

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Members of a gang known as the Mara 18 crowd into cells at the Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador. A Honduran fire and a Mexican massacre have drawn new attention to deteriorating conditions at prisons in Latin America, many of which are stuffed over capacity, leaving inmates to string hammocks from the ceiling or bed down on the floor. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times) #

Photos: Latin America Prisons

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Members of a gang known as the Mara 18 crowd into cells at the Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times) #

Photos: Latin America Prisons

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Members of Mara 18 crowd into cells at the Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador. A Honduran fire and a Mexican massacre have drawn new attention to deteriorating conditions at prisons in Latin America, many of which are stuffed over capacity, leaving inmates to string hammocks from the ceiling or bed down on the floor. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times) #

Photos: Latin America Prisons

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The handcuffed hands of a member of Mara 18 in the prison yard at the Izalco jail in Sonsonate. (Meridith Kohut/The New York Times) #

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