El Salvador: State of Emergency Declared at Seven Prisons

Posted on March 31, 2016 • Filed under: Crime, El Salvador

El Salvador declares state of emergency at seven prisons in gang crackdown

Theguardian.com reported ‘Extraordinary measures’ include transferring of 299 high-ranking gang members, putting inmates on lockdown and suspending family visits for 15 days/

El Salvador has declared a state of emergency at seven prisons and transferred 299 high-ranking gang members at the start of “extraordinary measures” that the government has promised to take against gangs.

A package of additional measures was to be presented to the legislature on Wednesday.

Mauricio Ramírez Landaverde, the minister of justice and public security, said at a news conference that the targeted gang leaders were transferred to a prison 25km (about 15 miles) west of the capital. Read Article

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