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.