Infamous Las Marias Island Prison Outside PV to Close

The Associated Press
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February 19, 2019


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MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he will close a famed island penal colony off the country’s Pacific coast.

Lopez Obrador says the federal prison on the largest of the Islas Marias will be converted into a cultural and environmental education centre. About 200 of its approximately 600 inmates will be released, with the rest relocated to other prisons.

The prison founded in 1905 on Maria Madre passed through periods of infamous brutality. When Panama closed its Isla Coiba penal colony in 2004, Isla Marias was the last one remaining in the Americas.

Lopez Obrador said Monday the new cultural centre will be named after Jose Revueltas, who was imprisoned there and wrote the novel “Walls of Water.”

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