Mexico's prisons are being controlled by inmates themselves

  • Prisons in Mexico are not in a good condition to say the least. Reports suggest that about 65 percent of them were controlled by inmates themselves last year, which is up 4.3 percent from 2011. 

    Moreover, 52 of the 101 most populous ones are overcrowded and there has been an increase in fights, murders and riots. 

    The most surprising fact, however, is that 49 of these prisons have privileged areas for inmates, where they have access to banned substances as well as prostitution. 

    These are some of the numbers from last year: 154 dead , 103 wounded and 261 escaped inmates. 

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