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If one were looking for hell on Earth, the Reten de Catia prison would not be a bad place to start.
A vile stench cloaks the prison, where inmates wander amid scattered garbage, many of them half-naked. This is a place where the toilets seldom work, where water is scarce and soap is not provided. The world within is violent and anarchic, and the arsenal of weapons is so vast that guards stay clear of some areas.
"It's unimaginable. It's a lot worse than any movie you've seen," said Manuel Portero, a citizen of Spain held on drug charges in a crowded basement cell.
Flash points for violence
As crime rises in Latin America, frighteningly overcrowded prisons have become flash points for violence and human-rights violations.
Across the region, prison systems have broken down and are jammed to many times their capacity. Bloody prison riots are recurrent, and protests ever more macabre. In Mexico and Bolivia, prisoners recently sewed their mouths shut, and inmates at a Salvadoran prison declared a "death lottery" to demand better conditions.
Originally posted by Mike Stivic
Donnie i realize i am new here but i have noticed something over the past few weeks.most of your threads that i have read are fluff with no real news source or credible link, in my humblest of opinions threads like this do not belong on ATS .