La Mesa prison

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La Mesa prison is a penitentiary in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, near the Mexico–United States border. It is located in the La Mesa section of the city.

Sister Antonia Brenner, a Catholic nun, lived with the inmates of La Mesa Prison for over thirty years, and was called "La mama" or the "Prison Angel."[1]

September 2008 riots[edit]

In September 2008, there were two riots. The September 13 riot, in which three inmates were killed, was caused by upset over the death of an inmate in a prison search for drugs and weapons. The September 18 riot, which killed 19 and injured 12, was caused by frustration of the inmates not being given any water since the first riot.[2]


  1. ^ Marosi, Richard (2013-10-17). "Sister Antonia Brenner dies at 86; nun moved into Tijuana prison to tend to inmates". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-10-19.
  2. ^ Mexican jail riot leaves 19 dead - BBC News

Coordinates: 32°30′23″N 116°58′10″W / 32.50639°N 116.96944°W / 32.50639; -116.96944