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Heavy Crime, Overwhelmed Judicial Systems Stress Central American Prisons

LADB Article ID: 54809
Category/Department: Region
Date: 1998-03-26
By: LADB Staff

Since the early 1990s, crime rates have increased significantly throughout Central America. That, combined with the inability of regional judiciaries to keep pace with the growing demand for court services, has created a crisis in the regional prison system. Jails and penitentiaries are now packed, housing 54% more inmates than the buildings were built to accommodate.

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