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An End to the Long Nightmare of Mexican Prisons?

Eric Olson, Associate Director of the Latin American Program, is quoted about the influence of gangs in Mexican prisons.

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Behind bars, the kingpins carry on with business as usual, ordering kidnappings and killings on the regular. "They get to run everything from the safety of inside prison," says Eric Olson, associate director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. "It's just another subculture of criminal activity in there."

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