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Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro announced the replacement of Prison Minister Iris Varela, but her policies that allowed criminal networks to flourish inside the country's jails seem destined to continue.

Former Trafficker Reflects Trend of Growing Women Prison Population

Former Trafficker Reflects Trend of Growing Women Prison Population

Latin America's female prison population is growing faster than the number of men in jail, according to a recent report. InSight Crime's Senior Investigator Deborah Bonello looks back at an interview with a former drug mule to see how typical her story is of women caught up in this trend.

Honduras Arrests Gang Member Thought to Already Be in Prison

Honduras Arrests Gang Member Thought to Already Be in Prison

Authorities in Honduras are investigating whether a recently captured alleged gang member escaped from prison unnoticed by swapping his identity with another inmate, a situation that raises questions about corruption and incompetence in the country's penitentiary system.

Weekly InSight: Latin America's Prison Dilemma

Weekly InSight: Latin America's Prison Dilemma

In our June 1 Facebook Live, co-directors Steven Dudley and Jeremy McDermott spoke about InSight Crime’s special investigation of prisons and their often overlooked impact on organized crime in the region.

Massive Jail Break Highlights Ongoing Turmoil in Brazil's Prisons

Massive Jail Break Highlights Ongoing Turmoil in Brazil's Prisons

Nearly 90 alleged gang members escaped from a prison in northern Brazil, yet another illustration of how criminal groups have usurped control of the country's prison system, a problem exacerbated by widespread fighting amongst some of country's largest criminal syndicates. 

This series of case studies and policy reports explores how government policies, mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the region powerful incubators of organized crime.

This series of case studies and policy reports explores how government policies, mismanagement, neglect and corruption have made the jails in the region powerful incubators of organized crime.