Bolivian President Pardons Thousands as Prison System Surpasses 250 Percent of Capacity

Just as in the U.S., Bolivia’s prison system is mushrooming with ‘criminals’ tossed in jail for drug-related charges.  Since 2008 the prison population in the country has more than doubled, and with Bolivia’s controversial pre-trial detention, many are jailed without due process. To address a prison system that now surpasses 250 percent of its capacity, with a wave of prison violence spreading due to overcrowding, Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales pardoned 1,800 prisoners held in...

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