Prison Walls No Barrier For Mexican Drug Lords


The New York Times describes Mexico's as places where drug traffickers find a new base of operations for their criminal empires, recruit underlings, and bribe their way out for the right price. The system is so flawed that the Mexican government is extraditing record numbers of drug traffickers to the United States, where they find it much harder to intimidate witnesses, run their drug operations or escape.

The United States government, as part of its counternarcotics assistance program, is committing $4 million this year to help fix Mexico's broken prisons, officials said. Experts from state prisons in the United States have begun tutorials for Mexican guards to make sure that there are clear ethical guidelines and professional practices that distinguish them from the men and women they guard.

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