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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…

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

Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking
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Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking

The Tico Times - August 14, 2015

Cue the prison harmonica and a nostalgic corrido, Narco Paloma is behind bars. The winged drug mule-cum-narco folk hero caught ferrying drugs to La Reforma Penitentiary in Alajuela…

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…

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…

Costa Rica court orders better prison beds for conjugal visits
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Costa Rica court orders better prison beds for conjugal visits

The Tico Times - June 16, 2015

If people get squeamish at the thought of sleeping in hotel beds, image this: Prisoners at La Reforma penitentiary sued for nicer mattresses for their conjugal visits. And…

Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations
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Government shakes up prison leadership after torture allegations

The Tico Times - June 5, 2014

Justice Minister Cristina Ramírez announced new leadership of Costa Rica's penitentiary police Thursday following a scathing report from the Supreme Court alleging torture in La Reforma prison…