Mega-prison in El Salvador for 40,000 suspected gangsters – which has only 80 beds for every 100 inmates – welcomes its first new inmates with vow ‘You will never walk out of here’

A mega-prison in El Salvador has opened its doors for its first 2,000 inmates of suspected gang members – who upon their arrival found out there are not enough beds for everyone and there are no mattresses at all.

The facility is designed to house 40,000 suspected gangsters and the security minister for the Central American country warned inmates they ‘will never walk out of here’. 

The move to the high-tech prison follows President Nayib Bukele’s ‘war’ on crime.

Bukele tweeted that ‘at dawn, in a single operation, we transferred the first 2,000 members to the Center for the Confinement of Terrorism (CECOT)’ – which he claims is the largest mega-prison in the Americas.

Bukele added: ‘This will be their new house, where they will live for decades, all mixed, unable to do any further harm to the population.’


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