The Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission in Mexico stated that organized crime groups are in control of 60 percent of country’s 430 prisons and jails.
Between 2010 and September 2012, up to 521 inmates escaped in 14 different incidents. In September 2012 alone, over 130 inmates escaped from a single prison. It was reported that the inmates walked out of the front gate with the help of prison guards.
As of July 2012, there were 48,872 inmates in Mexico’s prison system. The number of inmates is 25 percent higher than the official capacity limit.
Source: Reuters, “Mexican report describes out of control, self-governed prisons,” Christian Science Monitor, September 24, 2012.