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Twenty-Seven Cons Die in El Salvador Riot

On November 19, 1993, prisoners at the San Francisco Javier prison in eastern El Salvador rioted. The four hour battle between rival gangs left 27 prisoners dead and thirty wounded, they were hacked, beaten or burned to death. Autopsy reports showed the victims had high levels of marijuana, tranquilizers and alcohol in their systems. The battle began over an effort between prison gangs to control the drug flow within the maximum security prison. The prison has an official capacity of 200 but actually holds 307 prisoners and is staffed by 27 prison employees who do little more than control the outer perimeter.

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