5/23/2017 InSight Crime
Organized crime groups control 65 percent of state prisons in Mexico, according to a government report about prison conditions in the country published this week. The figure reaffirms the poor conditions of Mexican prisons, which have long been plagued by corruption, escapes by top criminal suspects, and the participation of prison officials in various crimes.
A video made public in early May serves as the most recent example of the lack of control prison authorities have in Mexico.
The recording shows a party held in Puente Grande, one of the country’s maximum-security prisons. Various members of the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación – CJNG) are shown celebrating José Luis Gutierrez Valencia, alias “Don Chelo,” who is suspected to control the penitentiary. Tellingly, there is no discernible presence of security officials in the video.