Ecuador to Pardon Up to 2,000 Inmates After 118 Die in Worst-ever Prison Riot

A woman who was waiting outside the Penitenciaria del Litoral for information about inmates reacts after fainting, days after a deadly riot broke out at the prison, in Guayaquil, Ecuador October 01, 2021. REUTERS/Vicente Gaibor del Pino

Ecuador is planning to pardon up to 2,000 inmates in order to relieve overcrowding at its detention centers after 118 inmates died and a further 79 were injured in the country’s worst-ever prison riot earlier this week, an official said on Friday.

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SOURCE: Reuters – Reporting by Alexandra Valencia in Quito and Yury Garcia in Guayaquil, Ecuador; Writing by Luc Cohen; Editing by Howard Goller and Aurora Ellis