Mexican president proposes extra-secure prisons

12:05, April 16, 2011      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Friday sent plans to the country's lower house of Congress, calling for a reclassification of the country's prisons, where the inmate population has expanded over the past four years due to the government's crackdown on drug cartels and organized crime.

The reclassification would create "super maximum security" prisons, which would have electronically controlled doors, installations operated remotely by outside staff and cellblocks where prisoners would be isolated from other inmates.

The proposals, known as the Prison System Law, would create six levels of classification for prisons, ranging from minimum to super maximum security. It also will introduce new supervision procedures for reintroducing prisoners back into society after they complete their sentences.

The president's proposals attempt to improve a prison system, stressed by the pressure of receiving so many suspects arrested in Mexico for drug and organized crime charges.

The city hall of Mexico City has complained that the crackdown on criminal gangs has resulted in many violent prisoners being sent to serve their sentences in state facilities designed to house less risky offenders.

Source: Xinhua

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