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Guards try to keep family members of prisoners away from the Apodaca prison gates following a riot in February.

Mexico's prison problems stem primarily from a lack of control. Corruption is rife among guards and wardens, who have been implicated in abetting mass escapes and allowing mafias to charge inmates fees for simple comforts such as sleeping on bunks. Read more»

Guards try to keep family members of prisoners away from the Apodaca prison gates following Monday's riot.

A Mexican prison riot in which 44 people were stabbed, strangled or beaten to death was a cover for the escape of 30 members of the Zetas drug cartel, blamed for some of Mexico's most brutal killings, investigators said. Read more»