Report: Inmates Control 65% of Mexico's Prisons According to review of 101 most populated prisons By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Nov 20, 2013 12:48 PM CST 15 comments Comments Mexican army soldiers guard an entrance to the prison in the city of Piedras Negras, Mexico. (AP Photo/Adriana Alvarado) (Newser) – Mexico's prisons are in "critical condition," says an official, and a new report seems to confirm it: Sixty-five of Mexico's 101 most populous prisons were controlled by the inmates themselves last year, according to the National Human Rights Commission; that's up 4.3% from 2011. What's more, 52 of those institutions are overcrowded. Violence—including fights, riots, and murders—has also increased. Among last year's numbers: 154 dead inmates, another 103 wounded, and 261 who escaped. One of the most stunning figures, per the AFP: 49. That's the number of prisons in which inmates maintain "privileged areas" where banned substances are kept and prostitution occurs.