Honduras Prisons Put Inmates at Risk, Fuel Gang Violence: OAS / Mimi Yagoub

A recent report highlighted critical problems within Honduras’ prisons, where the prevalence of gang violence and deplorable conditions suggest that the penal system does nothing to rehabilitate offenders.
Following a visit to the country in December 2014, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS) found that detainees often exert more power than the prison staff. The IACHR also found cases of men and women sharing cellblocks and military weapons used in riots.
The ensuing report, entitled “Situation of Human Rights in Honduras,” (pdf) draws attention to the dire shortcomings and ill-advised initiatives of Honduras’ prison system.

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