Mexico will close its infamous Isla Marias prison, the last island penal colony in a hemisphere once dotted with remote island jails like the one depicted in the movie Papillon and will dedicate the place to tourism.
Mexico will relocate about two-thirds of the 659 remaining inmates and free about 200 others from the islands, 70 miles or 110 kilometres off the Pacific coast of Nayarit. The four islands – only one of which is inhabited – will be turned into a cultural and environmental education centre.
The prison founded in 1905 on Maria Madre passed through periods of infamous brutality. When Panama closed its Isla Coiba penal colony in 2004, Isla Marias became the last one remaining in the Americas.
Source: The Gleaner