Prisons in Honduras

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There are an estimated 12,000 prisoners in Honduras, a small country in Central America with a general population of 7 million.[1] There have been a number of massacres, including 69 people killed in a rural prison outside La Ceiba called La Granja (The Farm) in April 2003.[2] On April 26, 2008, 9 people were massacred in a prison located in the center of San Pedro Sula.[3] On May 3, 2008, 18 prisoners were massacred in a prison to the north of Tegucigalpa, the capital city of Honduras.[4] Due to problems with street gangs, prisoners are divided into 3 groups: Maras (active gang members), Pesetas (former gang members) and paisas (those who have never been in a gang before their incarceration).


  1. ^ Asesinato de reo refleja crisis carcelaria en Honduras
  2. ^ Inicia juicio histórico
  3. ^ Nine killed in Honduras jail riot
  4. ^ Ex pandilleros presos matan a 18 reclusos en cárcel hondureña

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