2 April 2013, 16:37

Venezuelan inmates open nightclub in prison

The inmates of one Venezuelan prison opened a nightclub with strippers and a light and sound show, reported Agence France-Presse citing the local press.

Inmates’ friends and families attended the opening of the club in a jail on Margarita Island and publicized the event through massages on social networks. According to the invitations sent by the event planners, the nightclub has air-conditioning installed and professional sound and lighting equipment.

Anonymous sources in the Ministry for Corrections confirmed to the local press the information about a big bash at the penitentiary and said that the party lasted from March 28 Thursday night until the morning of Friday. The Ministry for Corrections has not yet commented publicly on the incident.

The detainees, held mainly for drug trafficking, actually controlled the facility by bribing guards long before the opening of the club, reports The New York Times. There is a cockfighting ring and a billiards room on prison grounds. Moreover, the inmates openly smoke marijuana and drink alcohol, while some of them stroll round with assault rifles.

At the same time independent observers asses maintenance conditions in most Venezuelan prisons as very severe, with approximately 600 inmates dead every year. In many respects, it’s caused by high violence rates and overcrowding. At the moment, the country's jails house around 48,000 prisoners with the official capacity of 16,500.

Voice of Russia, AFP

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