Latin American prison - male and female

• The Latin American prison - male and female

The recent fire in a prison massacre in Honduras and Mexico, again drew attention to the appalling conditions in prisons of Latin America.

Many prisons are overcrowded, forcing inmates string hammocks from the ceiling or bed down to the floor. In this issue you will see how the Mara 18 gang members crammed into cells in Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador, and how female prisoners are serving sentences in the Women's Prison Ilopango in San Salvador.

Latin American prison - male and female

The members of the gang Mara 18 are crammed into cells in Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador. Banda Mara Salvatrucha 18 (also known as M-18 and MS-18) is a criminal organization whose members are mostly come from Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Latin American prison - male and female

Mara, translated from the Latin give a damn - gang. Salvatrucha, is the name of a subspecies of ants, which are about to migrate in droves, and devour everything in their path. Photo: Members of the gang Mara 18 in the chambers in Izalco prison.

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The gang Mara 18 otnosyats to one of the most influential US prison gangs and Latin America. The first characteristic feature of "mareros" (members of the gang Mara) is the abundance of tattoos all over his body, as well as a special sign language that allows you to transfer information without words. "Mareros" are notorious for being too cruel, brutal methods of murder and a special code of "honor", including binding sites offender.

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handcuffed hands members of the gang Mara 18 in the prison yard Izalco jail in Sonsonate.

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with lunch trays for inmates include tortillas, bean puree and slices of meatloaf, mixed with slices of canned pineapple. Prison Izalco in Sonsonate, El Salvador.

Latin American prison - male and female

"Mara Salvatrucha" appeared in the eighties of the last century, in Los Angeles, where he settled immigrants from El Salvador, who emigrated from their country to escape the civil war. Originally organized group dedicated to the protection of Salvadoran immigrants from hostile Mexican Diaspora and African American gangs. Photo: Convicted members of the gang Mara 18 in Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador.

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Catalog alleged members of the gang Mara 18, compiled by the staff Izalco jail in Sonsonate, El Salvador.

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Inmates in the prison yard Izalco in Sonsonate, El Salvador on 23 February.

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Women inmates in the cell Prison for Women Ilopango in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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female convicts brought from overcrowded prisons, with a machete clearing the field on the prison farm in El Salvador.

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Women prisoners prison Ilopango in San Salvador working on Grange Farm, where they learn to agriculture, Salvador.

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Condemned woman cleans the cells from rabbits on a prison farm in El Salvador.

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Jessica Guadeloupe Riva Veli sleeping in a single bed with his mother, Dora Alicia Vali de Rivaz, prisoners of Ilopango in San Salvador, El Salvador.

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Women prisoners brought from overcrowded prisons, rest between shifts at the prison farm in El Salvador.