El Salvador OKs Emergency Prisons Package to Aid Gang Fight

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 2:17 AM

The measures create it easier for authorities to transfer inmates between lockups and boost security controls. That includes isolating gangsters and suspending prison visits with the exception of their lawyers, who'd still have access but below increased scrutiny.

Lawmakers in El Salvador have approved a package of emergency measures giving the government freer rein to manage the country'south gang-dominated prisons.

The measures create it easier for authorities to transfer inmates between lockups and boost security controls. That includes isolating gangsters and suspending prison visits with the exception of their lawyers, who'd still have access but below increased scrutiny.

Authorities declare jailed gang leaders frequently continue to direct their criminal operations from behind bars.

El Salvador is suffering a wave of violence that latest year resulted in the highest homicide rate for any nation not officially at war.

The emergency package was approved Friday by a vote of eighty-three in favor in the 84-seat unicameral Legislative Assembly.

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