Venezuelas Party Prison

05.06.2011 Misc #Crime #Drugs

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Die New York Times hat einen spannenden Artikel über das San Antonio Gefängnis auf Margarita Island in Venezuela, in dem 2000 vor allem wegen Drogendelikten festgehaltene Gefangene vor allem Parties feiern und im Pool planschen.

Bikini-clad female visitors frolic under the Caribbean sun in an outdoor pool. Marijuana smoke flavors the air. Reggaetón booms from a club filled with grinding couples. Paintings of the Playboy logo adorn the pool hall. Inmates and their guests jostle to place bets at the prison’s raucous cockfighting arena.

“The Venezuelan prisoners here run the show, and that makes life inside a bit easier for us all,” said Fernando Acosta, 58, a Mexican pilot jailed since 2007. His cellmate, a Congolese businessman, had hired him to fly a Gulfstream jet that prosecutors accuse them of planning to use for smuggling two tons of cocaine to West Africa.

It is not uncommon for armed inmates to exercise a certain degree of autonomy in Venezuela’s penitentiaries. Prisoners with BlackBerries and laptops have arranged drug deals, abductions and murders from their cells, the police say, a legacy of decades of overcrowding, corruption and insufficient guards.

But San Antonio prison, renowned on Margarita Island as a relatively tranquil place where even visitors can go for sinful weekend partying, is in a class of its own.

Where Prisoners Can Do Anything, Except Leave (via MeFi), nach dem Klick noch das Video der NYT, Vorsicht, Autostart! Auch nach dem Klick: Louis Theroux' neue Doku „Miami Mega Jail“ und Infos dazu, dort gibt's aber weniger Party.

Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail

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Louis Theroux: Miami Mega Jail is a British television documentary film presented by and featuring Louis Theroux. It is in two parts, with part one initially shown on 22 May 2011 and part two shown on 29 May 2011.

The programme follows Theroux as he spends time in the Miami County jail system: the Pre-Trial Detention Center (PTDC) (formerly known as DCJ or "Main Jail"); Metro West Detention Center (Metro West); Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center (TGK); and the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Boot Camp Program (Boot Camp). (Wikipedia)