BOGOTA, Colombia

Unsanitary, overcrowded prisons in many Latin American countries and the Caribbean are an incubator for the novel coronavirus that has killed more than 175,000 people globally.  

The conditions have prompted governments to adopt alternatives to detention, including early release, for inmates who do not threaten public safety.   


Prisons in Buenos Aires are overcrowded by about 50%, where inmates in high risk groups with diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and diabetes desperately ask for a way out.

Three days after total confinement began March 20, prisoners in different facilities began to revolt, demanding steps to prevent the

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