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12/19/2012 // West Palm Beach , Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Mexico City – At least 22 people have reportedly been killed in a jail break attempt in Mexico. As reported by Reuters, the incident Tuesday led to a shootout in which nine guards and 13 prisoners died.

Fernando Rivas, a spokesman for Durango state police, is quoted by Reuters as stating of the number of those killed or injured in the incident, “The number of dead could increase although we hope not. A number of guards and prisoners are currently in a critical state.”

As noted in the report overcrowding and the influence of criminal gangs has long presented issues for authorities in a number of Mexico’s prisons.

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