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More than 10 million people are held in detention facilities around the world. Critiques of those detention systems abound: Unsanitary conditions, overcrowding, not enough food or food lacking in nutritional value and many other problems. In this special report, Global Press Journal examines some of those challenges, including abuses in Mexico’s prisons, and uncertainty for death row prisoners in Sri Lanka, where the death penalty is legal but hasn’t been used in decades. This report also notes some successes. Prisoners in Nepal organize themselves under prisoner-leaders who maintain order and quality of life, and prisoners with HIV in Kenya rely on support groups to learn about their illness and get the medication they need.

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