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Some Peruvian Prisoners Released

Prisons in Peru are so overcrowded and under financed that two prisoners a day are dying at Lurigancho prison (where 5,900 are housed). As a result of these conditions, prisoners went on a hunger strike for better conditions. The result of this strike was a "depenalization" decree by which some 20-25 prisoners a day are being released, this includes mainly prisoners who have not yet been convicted of anything.

This does not affect the many political prisoners or those accused of "subversion," most of whom are held at Cantogrande prison.

In 1986 the Peruvian government, using helicopter gunships and Marines, murdered hundreds of political prisoners and prisoners of war (most of whom were members of the Peruvian Communist Party, also known as Sendero Lumioso or "The Shining Path"), under guise of quelling a prison revolt. Now, outside observers are no longer allowed to inspect the political prisoners living facilities nor to visit them.

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