Mexican prisons don’t sound like much of punishment as at a surprise check at a prison in Acapulco, police found quite a few items of luxury like – two peacocks, 100 fighting cocks, 19 prostitutes and a whopping two sackfuls of cannabis. They also had 100 plasma televisions, several bottles of alcohol and knives.

This is not the first time for such discovery in a Mexican prison.


In July, prisoners in a jail in Sonora state were found to be running a lottery to raffle off a luxury cell they’d equipped with a fridge, DVD player and air conditioning.

An inspector from the State Commission for the Defence of Human Rights, Hipolito Lugo Cortes, recently denounced conditions in five prisons in Guerrero state, among them the one in Acapulco.

He said inmates were running affairs at these penitentiaries according to their own laws and customs, with little or no control by prison authorities.



So, what is the point of having a prison?