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Nicaragua pleads with US to call off Texas execution

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaraguan officials and activists called on the United States Monday to cancel the execution in Texas later this week of Bernardo Tercero, the only Nicaraguan national on death row in the U.S.

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

Inside cellblock A-2, simple wooden frame bunks line as much floor space as possible. Inmates, many shirtless in the heat, lounge on their bunks if they’re lucky enough to have a bunk. The cellblock is crowded – designed to hold 40 with 108 living inside – but people squeeze by each other like strangers on a crowded sidewalk. Anything that doesn’t fit on the floor hangs from the ceiling and the walls. “Just wait till nighttime,” says a toothless inmate doing a 30-year sentence who called himself Francisco, “that’s when it gets bad."

Guantanamo should be shut before Obama leaves, says Pentagon chief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay should be shut down before President Barack Obama leaves office, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter said Thursday, saying the facility is a "rallying cry for jihadi propaganda."

Pigeon lands behind bars in Costa Rica for drug trafficking

Authorities did not say how long the pigeon had been flying high in its life of crime, but it will now spend its days behind bars at an animal rescue center.

Costa Rica’s top prison official steps down

Justice Minister Cristina Ramírez's resignation was announced during the president’s weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial Tuesday. She will step down Tuesday to accept a position with the National Insurance Institute.

Costa Rican businessman held in ‘deplorable’ conditions in Nicaraguan jail, says foreign minister

The harsh treatment of the Costa Rican man by Nicaraguan penitentiary officials has added another layer of tension to an already strained relationship between the two Central American neighbors.

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.

Russian asylum-seeker goes on hunger strike as indefinite detention stretches into third year

After being held for three years in preventive detention without charges, Russian asylum-seeker Evgeny Konstantinovich Otto went on a hunger strike Oct. 16 to draw attention to his case. His plight has caught the attention of several human rights organizations in Costa Rica that held a joint press conference on Wednesday demanding Otto’s immediate release and the granting to him of refugee status in Costa Rica.

Latin America’s prisons in critical condition

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay – Latin America's prisons are overcrowded, violent and sometimes lack even the most basic services, despite the fact that several of the region's current leaders themselves spent time behind bars.

Costa Rica prison inmates showcase artistic skills at 3-day festival

The men onstage were no ordinary performers: They are all incarcerated in Costa Rican prisons.

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