Mexico Institute in the News: Mexico Prison Riot Leaves 44 Dead

Feb 20, 2012

The Wall Street Journal, February 20, 2012, Open Security, March 27, 2012

Fighting between two warring drug cartels appears to have killed 44 inmates in what may be Mexico's deadliest prison riot...

...Since President Felipe Calderon declared war against Mexico's drug traffickers in 2006, Mexican prisons have often become deadly battlefields for members of rival drug gangs captured by security forces...

...The prison, built to house some 1,700 inmates is jammed full with some 2,700 prisoners...

..."Prison reform is a pending agenda item in Mexico,"

says Eric Olson, at the Mexico Institute at Washington's Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

"The strategy has been to arrest a lot of people, but when you warehouse prisoners in prisons that are overcrowded and poorly managed, you are likely to have this kind of warfare breakout inside prisons."...



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