A look inside ‘La Modelo’

As anyone can see from the subjects I cover on this site, I stay away from certain negative images of how the country is or was, whether they are based in reality or colored by opinion. However, having seen the following documentary a few years back, I found it interesting in and of itself rather than as some sort of microcausm of Colombian society.

“A look inside the La Modelo prison in Bogota, Colombia. Called a “model” prison by Colombia officials the prison in reality is controlled more by the prisoners than the guards. With 5000 prisoners for 2400 spots, and not more than 150 security guards assigned to the prison. The prison is awash in violence, and drugs. Last year, 162 prisoners were killed there. The prison is controlled by three criminal groups: members of the guerrilla movement, paramilitary forces, and cocaine traffickers. They have broken the prison up into three different territories and each group has it’s own security forces, defending it’s own territory.”

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