Prison deaths mount in El Salvador’s gang crackdown


              An officer patrols outside a detention center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.  By the government’s own account, El Salvador’s prisons were already overcrowded before the inception of the "state of exception" measure in which President Nayib Bukele and his allies in congress launched in a war against the gangs and suspended constitutional rights in March. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              A portrait of Henry Joya, who was arrested under the "state of exception", is propped up against a park bench in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Jesus Joya says his brother Henry was “special” -- at 45, he was childlike, eager to please. He was as far from a gang member as anyone could be. And yet the last time he saw Henry, he was boarding a bus to prison. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              An officer patrols outside a detention center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022.  By the government’s own account, El Salvador’s prisons were already overcrowded before the inception of the "state of exception" measure in which President Nayib Bukele and his allies in congress launched in a war against the gangs and suspended constitutional rights in March. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              A portrait of Henry Joya, who was arrested under the "state of exception", is propped up against a park bench in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Jesus Joya says his brother Henry was “special” -- at 45, he was childlike, eager to please. He was as far from a gang member as anyone could be. And yet the last time he saw Henry, he was boarding a bus to prison. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              A man rests on the tailgate of his truck as he waits for the release of a family member detained under the ongoing "state of exception", outside a detention center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. President Nayib Bukele and his allies in congress launched a war against gangs and suspended constitutional rights. Nearly seven months later, this state of exception is still widely popular.  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              A man uses his phone to illuminate lists of people detained under the ongoing "state of exception", outside a detention center in San Salvador, El Salvador, Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. Under the state of exception, the right of association, the right to be informed of the reason for an arrest and access to a lawyer are suspended. The government also can intervene in the calls and mail of anyone they consider a suspect. The time someone can be held without charges is extended from three days to 15 days. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              Jesus Joya places into a plastic bag a portrait of his younger brother Henry, who was taken from his home in April and detained under the ongoing "state of exception", in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. A month after Henry’s arrest, guards at the Mariona prison north of San Salvador told Jesus that Henry was no longer there. That’s all they would say. In September Jesus learned that Henry had died in the Mariona prison on May 25, barely a month after his arrest. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly Vice President Guillermo Gallegos is accompanied by staff members as he speaks during an interview in his office in San Salvador, El Salvador, Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Gallegos sees no reason to lift the ongoing state of exception anytime soon. He noted that more people were being released on bail, which he took as a sign that the system was working. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              Jesus Joya holds a snapshot of himself, pictured right, and his younger brother Henry, who was removed from his his home by police and detained under the ongoing "state of exception", in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Henry is one of at least 80 people arrested under the state of exception that have succumbed without being convicted of anything. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              Jesus Joya stands outside the boardinghouse where his younger brother Henry was living when police removed him from the building and detained him under the "state of exception", in San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. The last time he saw Henry was in April when Henry was boarding a bus along with other prisoners outside a detention center to be transported to the Mariona prison. After losing track of Henry, he forced himself to go to the morgue in September where he learned that Henry had died in the Mariona prison on May 25, barely a month after his arrest. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              Vendors selling personal hygiene articles and food for detainees, hawk their goods outside the Mariona prison, where some people who have been arrested under the "state of exception" are held, on the outskirts of San Salvador, El Salvador, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. At least 80 people arrested under the ongoing state of exception have succumbed without being convicted of anything. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
            
              Men detained under the "state of exception" are transported to a detention center in a cargo truck, in Soyapango, El Salvador, Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. On March 26, El Salvador’s street gangs killed 62 people across the country, igniting a nationwide furor. President Nayib Bukele and his allies in congress launched a war against the gangs and suspended constitutional rights. The arrests under the "state of exception" of more than 55,000 people have swamped an already overwhelmed criminal justice system. Defendants arrested on the thinnest of suspicions are dying in prison before any authority looks closely at their cases. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Prison deaths mount in El Salvador’s gang crackdown