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Judge orders closure of overcrowded San Sebastián prison
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Judge orders closure of overcrowded San Sebastián prison

Michael Krumholtz - August 1, 2016

Costa Rica's overcrowded San Sebastián prison that inmates describe as "hell on Earth" could be closing its gates for good after a San José judge ordered it shut down.…

Cuba Dave set to finish year in preventive prison on allegations of promoting sex tourism
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Cuba Dave set to finish year in preventive prison on allegations of promoting sex tourism

Michael Krumholtz - July 21, 2016

David "Cuba Dave" Strecker is set to finish out a full year in preventive prison for allegations of promoting sex tourism in Costa Rica. The 65-year-old U.S. citizen…

Release of prisoners in Costa Rica angers politicians, tourism industry
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Release of prisoners in Costa Rica angers politicians, tourism industry

Michael Krumholtz - May 4, 2016

A recent court ruling ordering the gradual release of nearly 400 prisoners from Gerardo Rodríguez penitentiary in Alajuela has been met with criticism from some lawmakers, officials…

At least 52 dead in Mexico prison riot
Crime
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Crime
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At least 52 dead in Mexico prison riot

Erick Muñiz | AFP - February 11, 2016

MONTERREY -- At least 52 inmates were killed in a prison brawl in Mexico on Thursday. Prisoners fought with bats, sticks and blades and ignited a fire in…

Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’
Crime
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Crime
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Costa Rica’s justice minister: ‘We are not releasing inmates’

L. Arias - December 2, 2015

Costa Rica’s Justice Minister Cecilia Sánchez Romero appeared earlier this week before the Legislative Assembly to explain why her office reduced prison sentences for hundreds of inmates in a decision…

PHOTOS: A look at maximum security in Costa Rica’s La Reforma Prison
Crime
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Crime
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PHOTOS: A look at maximum security in Costa Rica’s La Reforma Prison

Álvaro Sánchez - November 4, 2015

See also: PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prison LA REFORMA PRISON, Alajuela – Their reality is confined to a 4x4-meter cell of cement and iron, where only a…

Few rules govern treatment of transgender prisoners in Costa Rica
Crime
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Crime
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Few rules govern treatment of transgender prisoners in Costa Rica

Zach Dyer - September 7, 2015

Mónica Navarro pulls her long black hair behind her ear and lets it fall down her back where it stops just above her waist. Mascara gives her…

PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prison
Crime
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Crime
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PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prison

Alberto Font - August 26, 2015

Located in San Rafael de Alajuela, La Reforma prison is the biggest in Costa Rica. It's built to house 2,197 inmates but right now it holds 2,912,…

PHOTOS: A look inside Costa Rica’s San Rafael Prison
Crime
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Crime
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PHOTOS: A look inside Costa Rica’s San Rafael Prison

Zach Dyer - August 25, 2015

Green mountains rise up to meet the sky on a hot Monday morning in San Rafael, Alajuela. The scene is picturesque but take a step back and…

Prisoner in Colombia gets liposuction on the sly
Colombia
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Colombia
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Prisoner in Colombia gets liposuction on the sly

AFP - July 17, 2015

BOGOTÁ, Colombia – A Colombian prisoner given permission to undergo surgery to fix a breast implant took advantage of her trip to the operating room to get liposuction, prison…

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