Panama police convicted of burning teens alive in cell
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Panama police convicted of burning teens alive in cell

AFP - January 12, 2016

PANAMA CITY -- Seven policemen who watched five teenagers burn to death in a juvenile detention center in Panama after firing teargas into their cell have been sentenced…

Few rules govern treatment of transgender prisoners in Costa Rica
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Few rules govern treatment of transgender prisoners in Costa Rica

Zach Dyer - September 7, 2015

Mónica Navarro pulls her long black hair behind her ear and lets it fall down her back where it stops just above her waist. Mascara gives her…

El Salvador prison gang violence kills 14
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El Salvador prison gang violence kills 14

CARLOS MARIO MARQUEZ | AFP - August 23, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- At least 14 inmates were killed in an El Salvador jail Saturday when violence erupted between two factions of a notorious gang,…

Guantanamo closure plan suffers setback over US site for detainees
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Guantanamo closure plan suffers setback over US site for detainees

Adam Goldman and Missy Ryan | The Washington Post - August 11, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A renewed push by the White House to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been bogged down by an internal disagreement over…

Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán tunnels out of maximum security prison
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Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán tunnels out of maximum security prison

Joshua Partlow and Nick Miroff | THE WASHINGTON POST - July 12, 2015

MEXICO CITY — Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the world's most famous drug lord, has escaped from a maximum security prison in Mexico for the second time in…

El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to curb violence
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El Salvador moves 400 jailed gang members as part of plan to curb violence

AFP - April 26, 2015

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- Some 400 gang members were transferred on Friday from prisons in northern and eastern El Salvador to one with higher security in Izalco,…