|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Bolivia

15 Die in Prison Brawl in Bolivia

LA PAZ – Fifteen people were killed and dozens of others injured during a brawl among rival groups of inmates at Palmasola prison in the eastern province of Santa Cruz, Bolivian police said Friday.

The fight broke out after midnight Thursday in the prison’s maximum-security cellblock, police Maj. Alberto Aracena told a press conference in Santa Cruz city.

A gas cylinder exploded during the disturbance, causing a small fire.

“There are around 15 people who lost their lives,” Aracena said, adding that prison authorities had regained control of the situation.

Bolivia’s prisons suffer from severe overcrowding, due in part to a chronically backlogged court system.

Eighty-three percent of the country’s more than 13,800 prisoners are awaiting trial.

President Evo Morales’ administration implemented mass pardons at the end of last year in an attempt to ease the crowding and is now considering an even broader amnesty.

Bolivian penitentiaries are also holding some 2,100 children who live with their parents behind bars.

A program to remove the youngsters from prison got under way in June after officials reached an agreement with the inmate parents. EFE


 

Enter your email address to subscribe to free headlines (and great cartoons so every email has a happy ending!) from the Latin American Herald Tribune:

 

Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2005-2015 © All rights reserved