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Nicaragua’s Female Political Prisoners Suffer Inhumane Conditions

At the “La Esperanza” (Hope) prison in Tipitapa, 17 women are illegally detained. For them there is no sun light, nor phone calls from their relatives. They receive no medical attention and are considered by the prison wardens as “highly dangerous criminals.” Prison wardens treat...

Serving time with Mom in prison: cruel sentence, or a child’s right?

From the pint-sized toilets to the colorful bedrooms and backyard filled with overturned tricycles, there’s no question children live here. What’s less obvious is that the 38 babies and toddlers bunking with their mothers at the Vilma Curling Rivera Institutional Service Center are in prison. Their...

Costa Rica: Could drug-law reform for women open door to wider change?

San José, Costa Rica—When Sandra was arrested for smuggling drugs into a men’s prison in 2015, she accepted it as part of the familiar cycle of her life. She’d been in and out of detention since she was 14, when she moved on to...

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