Desperately overcrowded, unsanitary, seething with tensions and violence: Hours after a deadly fire swept through a jail in the central Honduran city of Comayagua, killing nearly 300 people, an ugly picture is emerging of the harsh state of prisons in that country.
And while the cause of the fire in Comayagua is not yet clear, observers say the conditions in which its inmates live are likely to have contributed to the high death toll.
"It's horrifically overcrowded. The bunks are sometimes five, six, seven tiers high, with the lowest person on the totem pole sleeping underneath the bunk on the bottom," he told CNN from Washington.
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