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Panama police convicted of burning teens alive in cell
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Panama police convicted of burning teens alive in cell

AFP - January 12, 2016

PANAMA CITY -- Seven policemen who watched five teenagers burn to death in a juvenile detention center in Panama after firing teargas into their cell have been sentenced…

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’
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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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

The Tico Times - 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

The Tico Times - 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

The Tico Times - 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…