Mexico closes notorious prison where 49 died in 2016 riot

8 months 4 days 13 hours ago Monday, September 30 2019 Sep 30, 2019 September 30, 2019 11:25 AM September 30, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon has closed one of the country's most notorious prisons.

Gov. Jaime Rodríguez says a park and state archives will replace the Topo Chico prison. In February 2016, 49 prisoners died in rioting at the lockup when two factions of the Zetas cartel clashed.

Inside, authorities found luxury cells with saunas, air conditioning, refrigerators, aquariums, a bar and food stands.

Rodríguez said Monday that successive state administrations had failed to act despite knowing the prison was overpopulated and out of control.

On Sunday, Rodriguez was on hand to observe the transportation of the final group of prisoners.

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