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

5 questions for a Costa Rican filmmaker – ‘It’s important to leave people thinking’
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5 questions for a Costa Rican filmmaker – ‘It’s important to leave people thinking’

Amanda Zúñiga - October 11, 2015

See also: Director Ramírez takes on third feature film Esteban Ramírez is a second-generation Costa Rican director: the son of filmmaker Victor Ramírez, he worked for many…

Few rules govern treatment of transgender prisoners in Costa Rica
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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…

Internationally renowned Costa Rican film ‘Presos’ to premiere back home
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Arts and Culture
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Internationally renowned Costa Rican film ‘Presos’ to premiere back home

Amanda Zúñiga - August 29, 2015

"Presos" ("Inmates"), the third film from Costa Rican director Esteban Ramírez, has won international acclaim, and is now finally set to premiere on its home turf. Ramírez,…

PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prison
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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,…

Drug-smuggling pigeon caught outside Costa Rica prison
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Drug-smuggling pigeon caught outside Costa Rica prison

The Tico Times - August 11, 2015

Look closely. Yes that is, indeed, a pigeon with a bag full of marijuana attached to its belly. Members of Costa Rica's Penitentiary Police captured the bird…

Costa Rica high court: prison officials must address ‘cruel and degrading’ conditions
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Costa Rica high court: prison officials must address ‘cruel and degrading’ conditions

Zach Dyer - July 10, 2015

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court has given the San Sebastián prison one month to come up with a plan to deal with its “cruel and degrading” conditions. The…

Prison overcrowding in Costa Rica jumps 50 percent in 10 years
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Prison overcrowding in Costa Rica jumps 50 percent in 10 years

Zach Dyer - June 27, 2015

Costa Rica’s prison rolls are bursting at the seams, according to a new report from the Ombudsman’s Office. The country’s prison population has grown by 50 percent…

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months
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Costa Rica’s Supreme Court orders release of Nicaraguan unjustly imprisoned for 17 months

L. Arias - March 3, 2015

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Tuesday unanimously voted in favor of an habeas corpus filed by a man who was wrongly imprisoned…

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