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Problems Widespread in Prisons Throughout Region

ISSN:1060-4189
LADB Article ID: 78637
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2012-06-08
By: Andrés Gaudín

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released a lengthy study on the prison situation in Latin American countries, in which it condemns a critical reality characterized by overcrowding, a serious shortage of facilities, corruption, and, in general, state neglect and civil society apathy. These factors, says the IACHR, an autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), have resulted in prisons becoming real dumping grounds for marginalized human beings whose most basic human rights have been violated.

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