Published On: Mon, Aug 20th, 2012

Prison wars cost lives in Venezuela

CARACAS - A war between rival gangs in a prison in Venezuela has certainly cost twenty lives recently.  That reported the Minister for Prison Affairs in the South American country, Mrs. Varela. The gang war was August 19, 2012 in the Yare I prison in the capital Caracas.

One of the dead is a relative of a prisoner, who was visiting. The fighting parties were heavily armed, according to Varela. The eruption of violence has ended and it seemed as if nothing has happened there, noted the Minister. She said that ' we know that prisons constitute a time bomb '. The Government recognizes the situation in the penitentiary establishments and takes this very seriously.

The problem is increasing. The violence eruption in prisons has cost 300 deaths, 527 injuries in the first half of this year, according to observers. That's 15 percent more than last year in that same period.

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