El Salvador inaugurates one of the largest prisons in Latin America

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Under the measure, some constitutional rights have been suspended, such as allowing authorities to make arrests without a warrant and giving the government access to citizen communication.

With almost two percent of its adult population behind bars, El Salvador has the highest incarceration rate in the world.

The increase in the prison population as a result of the anti-gang crackdown, which is supported by the vast majority of the population, has strained the country’s already overwhelmed prison system. El Salvador’s largest prison, La Esperanza, currently houses 33,000 people despite having a capacity of 10,000.

El Salvador’s director of prisons, Osiris Luna, said the new prison will span more than 410 acres, while 600 soldiers and 250 police officers will protect it.

“All those landlords, those terrorists from the organization that made our beloved Salvadoran people suffer, will be married off and subjected to a severe regime,” Luna told state television.

By 2021, the El Salvador prison system had 20 prisons with a capacity for 30,000 housing 35,976 inmates.

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