Prison Violence in Honduras

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TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) – Terrible conditions, gang disputes and corruption at Honduran prisons have fueled two riots in three days leaving a total of 37 inmates dead.

Experts and inmates says the country’s penitentiaries are powder kegs. The death toll at a riot Sunday at the maximum security prison in the municipality of El Porvenir rose to 18. On Friday, prisoners battled each other at a prison in the city of Tela, leaving 19 dead.

The riots follow a crackdown in which the federal government declared a state of emergency throughout the National Prison System. The crackdown enraged inmates.

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