It was built in the late 70's and over time it became overcrowded and authorities decided to only control the perimeters of the prison and let the prisoners run the interior on their own. Since 1996, a society developed, with cocaine operations run by Colombian drug lords incarcerated there.
Authorities regain control
On Monday September 25, 2006, 3000 police and military forces overran the prison and reestablished authority. Seven inmates were killed. Among those killed was Luis Zepeda, a leader of the inmates and the head of the prison government.
- Inter-American Yearbook on Human Rights Page 392 Inter-American Commission on Human Right - 1993 "Another reported incident of mistreatment and torture resulted from the uprising at the "Pavon" prison farm. On 26 March 1989, at 1:00 p.m., a group of over 200 of the 1500 common prisoners held there seized control of the facility. "
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