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…

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Nicaragua pleads with US to call off Texas execution

AFP - August 25, 2015

https://twitter.com/save1innocent/status/636191373717340160 MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan officials and activists called on the United States Monday to cancel the execution in Texas later this week of Bernardo Tercero, the only…

PHOTOS: A look inside Costa Rica’s San Rafael Prison
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PHOTOS: A look inside Costa Rica’s San Rafael Prison

Zach Dyer - August 25, 2015

Green mountains rise up to meet the sky on a hot Monday morning in San Rafael, Alajuela. The scene is picturesque but take a step back and…

Guantanamo should be shut before Obama leaves, says Pentagon chief
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Guantanamo should be shut before Obama leaves, says Pentagon chief

AFP - August 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay should be shut down before President Barack Obama leaves office, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday, saying the…

Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking
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Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking

Zach Dyer - August 14, 2015

Cue the prison harmonica and a nostalgic corrido, Narco Paloma is behind bars. The winged drug mule-cum-narco folk hero caught ferrying drugs to La Reforma Penitentiary in Alajuela…

Costa Rica’s top prison official steps down
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Costa Rica’s top prison official steps down

Zach Dyer - July 7, 2015

Peace and Justice Minister Cristina Ramírez has stepped down in President Luis Guillermo Solís' latest cabinet shuffle. Ramírez will accept a position with the National Insurance Institute. Her resignation…

Costa Rican businessman held in ‘deplorable’ conditions in Nicaraguan jail, says foreign minister
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Costa Rican businessman held in ‘deplorable’ conditions in Nicaraguan jail, says foreign minister

Zach Dyer and AFP - June 23, 2015

Costa Rica expressed its displeasure Monday over the detention of a Costa Rican businessman in Nicaragua nearly four weeks ago. José Daniel Gil Trejos, who was detained…

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months
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Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months

L. Arias - March 3, 2015

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of an habeas corpus filed by a man who was wrongly imprisoned…

Russian asylum-seeker goes on hunger strike as indefinite detention stretches into third year
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Russian asylum-seeker goes on hunger strike as indefinite detention stretches into third year

Zach Dyer - October 23, 2014

After being held for three years in preventive detention without charges, Russian asylum-seeker Evgeny Konstantinovich Otto went on a hunger strike Oct. 16 to draw attention to his case. His…

Latin America’s prisons in critical condition
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Latin America’s prisons in critical condition

Katell Abiven | AFP - September 1, 2014

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Latin America's prisons are overcrowded, violent and sometimes lack even the most basic services, despite the fact that several of the region's current leaders…