Prison Fire Victims Weren’t Charged

    TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS - FEBRUARY 15:   The doctors take out charred bodies. A fire in a prison of Honduras, left 358 prisoners dead, caught in their cells. The police believed that all started when an inmate burned his mattress. The prison located in Comayagua housed more than 800 prisoners, nearly twice its capacity, on February 15, 2012, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. (Photo by LatinContent/Getty Images)

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    The story of the Honduran prison fire keeps getting worse. Not only did the fire kill 358 inmates locked in an overcrowded prison, but odds are most of them had never been charged with crimes. More than half the 856 inmates of the Comayagua prison—which was built to hold 500 prisoners—were either awaiting trial or being held as suspected gang members, according to a report by the Honduran government. Under Honduras’ strict anti-gang laws, a person need only have a tattoo to be imprisoned. The U.N. condemns the practice as a violation of international law. On Tuesday night, a fire started by an inmate tore through the prison, burning and suffocating inmates in their cells.

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