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MATTHEWS, Roger. Una propuesta realista de reforma para las prisiones en Latinoamérica. Polít. crim. [online]. 2011, vol.6, n.12, pp. 296-338. ISSN 0718-3399. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-33992011000200003.
Some prisons in Latin America have been described as being amongst the worst in the world. Reports by Hunan Rights Watch and the UN Committee Against Torture have provided a number of reports detailing the problems of imprisonment in many Latin American countries. The main problems involve overcrowding, poor conditions, and a lack of security, frequent riots and acts of violence, as well as problems of prison management. In this report the aim is to outline not only the problems and abuses described by human rights organisations but also to set out a series of realistic reform objectives. Perusing these objectives, either individually or collectively, it is suggested, can provide a framework for prison reform that is achievable and progressive. The report aims to provide a basis for both discussion and action and to stimulate existing efforts by various prison reformers in Latin America to make prisons a less, socially, individually and politically damaging institutions.
Keywords : Latin-American prisons; prison Reform; critical realism.