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Most Inmates in Honduras Fire Hadn't Been Convicted

Overcrowded prison was disaster waiting to happen

(Newser) - Of the 856 souls crammed into a Honduran prison that became a fiery inferno Tuesday night, more than half had never been charged, let alone convicted. Under the country's strict anti-gang laws, a simple tattoo was cause for incarceration, a practice the UN calls a violation of international law.... More »

Toll in Honduras Prison Fire Rises Past 300

About 500 inmates escaped

(Newser) - The numbers are settling in the horrific fire inside a packed Honduras prison: Authorities say 356 inmates are missing and presumed dead, many of whom were trapped inside their cells, reports the AP . About 475 escaped, with 21 reported injuries. According to some survivors, the blaze began when an inmate... More »

'Hellish' Honduran Prison Fire Kills 272

Many left to burn in their cells as guard could not be found

(Newser) - At least 272 inmates are dead after a devastating blaze swept a federal prison in central Honduras overnight, officials say. A fire department spokesman in Comayagua described a "hellish" scene in which many prisoners "burned to death or suffocated in their cells." Many were apparently left to... More »

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