Ecuador earmarks US$75 million to tackle prison crisis

Ecuador's prisons house more than 39,000 inmates, a figure that caused an overcrowding rate that reached 36% and today is around 30%.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Government of Ecuador will allocate 75 million dollars in the next four years to tackle the crisis in its penitentiary system, which in February this year registered its highest peak of violence, with nearly 80 prisoners killed in riots in several prisons in the country.

Several authorities announced this on Wednesday in an event to present the "Restructuring Plan for the penitentiary system", held at the Carondelet presidential palace in Quito.

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