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By Prison Legal News

Six Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members were hanged during a riot at a juvenile rehabilitation center in Tonacatepeque on September 24, 2013 — El Salvador’s Prisoners’ Day.  Two of the dead were minors and four were adults who had been sentenced at a younger age.  Police believe the murders were carefully calculated gang killings.  Prisons in El Salvador are notoriously overcrowded and violent as thousands of members of the country’s notorious MS-13 and 18th Street gangs await trial or serve their sentences.  The two rival gangs signed a truce in March 2012 but there is fear it may be crumbling, with gang-related murders on the rise.

About Christopher Zoukis, MBA

Christopher Zoukis, MBA, is the Managing Director of the Zoukis Consulting Group, a federal prison consultancy that assists attorneys, federal criminal defendants, and federal prisoners with prison preparation, in-prison matters, and reentry. His books include Directory of Federal Prisons (Middle Street Publishing, 2020), Federal Prison Handbook (Middle Street Publishing, 2017), Prison Education Guide (PLN Publishing, 2016), and College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons (McFarland & Company, 2014).

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