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Costa Rica's prison system

PHOTOS: Faces from La Reforma prison

Located in San Rafael de Alajuela, La Reforma prison is the biggest in Costa Rica. The Tico Times recently visited the prison and took portraits of some of the inmates.

Drug-smuggling pigeon caught outside Costa Rica prison

Members of Costa Rica's Penitentiary Police captured a pigeon carrying marijuana and cocaine near La Reforma prison in Palmares on Tuesday.

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

Costa Rica’s Supreme Court ordered prison officials to come up with a plan to relieve overcrowding in the San Sebastián prison within one month. The court said prisoners "are sleeping on pieces of mattresses or on the ground, putting up with the cold” and rats climbing out of the drains at night.

Prison overcrowding in Costa Rica jumps 50 percent in 10 years

In 2005, the country’s prisons were 4 percent overcrowded. Today there are an additional 4,793 people behind bars, bringing the overcrowding rate to 54 percent. There are a total of 13,923 people in prison in Costa Rica.

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

Justices ordered Costa Rica's Prison System and the Judicial Investigation Police to open an investigation on the case.

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