3 jailbreaks in 3 countries reveal ongoing problems in fight against Latin America's most powerful gangs
- In the first weeks of 2020, Latin America has seen three jailbreaks mounted by the region's most powerful criminal groups.
- The escapes reveal important challenges that remain for security policy in countries across the region - namely, the centrality of functioning prisons.
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- In Mexico City, Mexico, three members of the Sinaloa Cartel escaped a prison before they could be extradited to the United States.
- In El Progreso, Honduras, heavily armed men dressed in police and military uniforms stormed a courthouse and freed a top MS-13 leader who was being escorted to a court hearing.
- In Pedro Juan Caballero, Paraguay, over 75 prisoners escaped in a breakout arranged by the PCC. Some escaped through a tunnel while others walked out the front door.
1. All three escapes occurred with help on the inside.
2. The escapes involved dominant criminal groups with transnational goals.
3. Those dominant groups control the prisons and corrupt the security forces.
4. Security in Latin America runs through prison reform.
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