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First of 24 New Prisons Built in Venezuela

Fenix Community Penitentiary is the first of 24 new prisons to be constructed by the Venezuelan government. Its inauguration com

A new prison inaugurated in Lara state yesterday has been praised by Vice President Jorge Arreaza as part of a transformation of Venezuela's prison system.

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Interview with Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, Part Two

(Reuters)

In late August Michael Albert interviewed Interior and Justice Minister of Venezuela, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a close confidant and long time ally of President Maduro now, and of President Chavez earlier, on many matters critical to current events and prospects in Venezuela. This is part two.

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Interview with Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, Part One

Miguel Rodríguez Torres (Raúl Romero)

In late August Michael Albert interviewed Interior and Justice Minister of Venezuela, Miguel Rodriguez Torres, a close confidant and long time ally of President Maduro now, and of President Chavez earlier, on many matters critical to current events and prospects in Venezuela.

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Venezuelan Government Evacuates Prison Following Deadly Inmate Clash

Sabaneta prison, was peacefully evacuated yesterday following a violent clash between inmates on Monday (Sibci) (one of the ones

Venezuelan authorities have evacuated a prison following a deadly clash between inmates on Monday that left 16 dead.

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Venezuelan Government Implements Plan to Tackle Procedural Delays in Prisons

Minister Iris Valera (Prensa Mppsp)

Efforts to reduce procedural delays in prisoners’ right to stand trial will continue through the extension of Plan “Cayapa”, Minister of Penitentiary Services Iris Valera announced in a meeting with public officials in the Cojedes state yesterday.

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Arms Stash Found in Venezuela’s Uribana Prison after Deadly Riot

Prisons minister Iris Valera gave the results of authorities’ search of Uribana prison (AVN)

Venezuelan authorities have discovered 106 firearms and over 8,000 rounds of ammunition in Uribana prison, which was evicted last month after a deadly riot left 60 dead and over 120 wounded.

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Massacre in Venezuelan Prison Reignites Criticism of Prison System

Outside the Uribana prison complex where dozens were killed in a massacre on Friday (El Impulso)

A massacre in a Venezuelan prison that resulted in more than 60 dead and 120 wounded on Friday has generated a flurry of criticism of the Venezuelan government for the situation in the country’s prison system.

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Minister: Venezuelan Inmates Voted for Chavez in Presidential Election

Minister for Penitentiary Services, Iris Valera, announced that for the first time ever, inmates voted in favor of President Hugo Chavez in the recent Presidential elections.

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Venezuelan Government Tackles Prison Violence with Dialogue

Yare prison (archive)

The Venezuelan government  has reported that Yare prison in the northern state of Miranda is now under control after violent clashes between inmates last Sunday led to the deaths of 25 people. 

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Venezuela’s La Planta Prison to be Converted into a Community Centre

Community representatives put forward proposals yesterday for the conversion of La Planta into a community space (Emilio Guzman/

Following its closure last weekend, La Planta prison in Caracas is to be converted into a community centre using proposals from local community organisations.

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