‘We’re all on death row now’: Latin America’s prisons reel from Covid-19

The region’s overcrowded and underfunded prisons have become centres of disease, with inmates rioting for better protection

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The last time Víctor Calderón saw his son, Miguel, alive was on the eve of Venezuela’s coronavirus shutdown in mid-March.

Seven weeks later he saw a photograph of Miguel’s bullet-riddled body displayed on a police computer alongside dozens of fellow prisoners at Los Llanos prison in the western state of Portuguesa.

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