I ran into this documentary accidentally while watching something else on utube.It's 48 minutes long and rather interesting showing all the different cell blocks,'the hole' and interviews with some of the inmates including cartel members and Americans.Meet the Warden and they talk about the riots.The prison looks like it's in the middle of the city.Just hit the link below to get the documentary video:
Thanks that was an interesting video. The Americans there didn't even say their crimes except for the one. You know they did something bad if they didn't even want to bring it up. That one white boy went to tijuana with assault rifles and commited grand theft auto. Didn't feel no kind of sympathy for them. He can't use collect to call his family for money he says. I'm sure they know where he is at and he's in need of money if they wanted too send him some
@Canadiana: Excellent docu on La Mesa prison. Thanks.
Prison conditions are indicators of a nation's (approximation) of overall social, economic, and values conditions. If you live in a "shithole" nation, stay out of trouble with the law. As a general principle, the rich and powerful, have mechanisms and resources to avoid prison or long terms. The rich and powerful even invent places for doing time that are soft .. like "rehabs". Also, the rich and powerful can bribe, corrupt, and generally avoid or mitigate the harsher consequences for their criminal acts. Remember, Pablo Escobar, the narco kingpin (He had an exotic playboy prison built just for him).
Kids are not sufficiently taught to fear jail or prison. Some youth in gang infested areas even grow up actually wanting to do time. They are indoctrinated to think going to prison is a rite of passage that raises one's status among criminal peers and reference groups.
I retired from prison mental health services and met many convicts who regretted this kind of Indocrination thinking. In moments of quiet reflection, they cried , numbed their feelings with drugs or alcohol, became super violent or crazy. Yeah, do time in prison.... and find out why it is called "La Torcida" in some Latino groups.
P.S. #1. I could tell you stories of horrible personality warping things that go on in prisons.
PS #2. It is a truism, that doing time in a prison is a very significant event that on occasion produces "good" outcomes. Great writer, thinkers, politicians, and spiritual leaders have come out of prisons. Whole other set of stories here.