The largest mega-prison in the Americas has received its latest batch of 2,000 inmates – but experts fear the policy to "control prisoners" could "backfire badly".
El Salvador’s new Izalco prison, some 46 miles southeast of capital San Salvador in the Central American country, will be able to hold up to 40,000 people when at maximum capacity.
Images and videos have been readily available from inside the massive jail with the latest files showing inmates sleeping on four-deck sheet metal bunk beds.
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As far as the images reveal, there are no blankets or pillows for the prisoners.
The facility has come under fire already for its harsh conditions – inmates have been shown with nothing but white shorts on, their heads shave and bowed.
With no shoes and chained together, the men – many of them heavily tattooed – are made to sit on floors and walk with their foreheads pressing into the back of the man in front.
President Nayib Bukele said on Twitter: “In a new operation we transferred the second group of 2,000 gangsters to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism."
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The latest group of prisoners have been shown with their ankles and wrists cuffed and packed into busses to be moved to the massive detention centre.
As helicopters tracked the convoy overhead, balaclava-wearing armed guards stood over the men who sat with their legs around the man in front.
However, despite the scale of the project, some have already warned of the dangers of this level of “dehumanisation”.
The presenter of Netflix series World’s Toughest Prisons and former UK lag, Raphael Rowe, said: “The intensity of what these new pictures show, and the sheer depth of dehumanisation, is exceptional even to me.
“This is a deliberate policy to control the inmates and manage them. I fear it will backfire badly — and result in violence even worse than the gang-driven chaos the government is desperately trying to stamp out.”
The brutality of the facility seems hard to deny – when it first opened up a mask-wearing guard told reporters: “There will be no mattresses in the cells,” setting up what the latest round of images appears to confirm.
Just two sinks, two toilets and 80 bunks are understood to serve each 100 prisoners.
Reports claim prisoners will only leave their cells to attend legal hearings or be punished.
The construction of the facility is part of a massive crackdown on organised crime from President Bukele.
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