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A Day in South America’s “Most Humane” Prison

Prisons in Latin America have the reputation of being the most violent and dangerous in the world; overcrowded concrete spaces where corruption, gangs, and drug cartels reign. By contrast, Punta de Rieles offers a different reality. Located in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo, it’s known as “the prison from which nobody wants to escape”.

The almost 100-acre property features ample outdoor space where inmates can live, work, do yoga, have pets, and play music. Here, the focus is on helping prisoners re-acclimate to society before they’ve even left confinement. VICE en Español spent the day at Punta de Rieles, talking to inmates and learning about Uruguay’s progressive “open” prison.

Watch more of our best docs about prison and life behind bars: https://youtu.be/bjPs2ibGkIU?list=PLDbSvEZka6GHEWWB24asWK_tA8azfNnmU

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