Coronavirus Causes Prison Riots and Mass Escape Attempts in Latin America

The coronavirus pandemic is triggering riots and attempted escapes in prisons in a number of Latin American countries.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There are hardly any prisons where measures to protect the detainees are sufficient. Overcrowding is up to 500 percent, which makes it impossible to "keep a distance" between prisoners.

On March 28th, the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in a prisoner in the Chilean penitentiary Puente Alto. This triggered a riot the following day. I

Puente Altqa prison director José Provoste announced: "The positive test led to chaos, from which, however, no serious riot evolved. We called in the fire fighters when the prisoners tried to set fires". The riot was ultimately ended with the use . . .

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