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A Day In South America’s “Most Humane” Prison

Prisons in Latin America have the reputation of being the most violent and dangerous in the world; overcrowded concrete spaces where corruption, gangs, and drug cartels reign. By contrast, Punta de Rieles offers a different reality. Located in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, it’s known as “the prison from which nobody wants to escape”. The almost 100-acre property features ample outdoor space where inmates can live, work, do yoga, have pets, and play music. Here, the focus is on helping prisoners re-acclimate to society before they’ve even left confinement. VICE en Español spent the day at Punta de Rieles, talking to inmates and learning about Uruguay’s progressive “open” prison.

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