Reprise: Mexico penal innocents

One more excellant reason not to get arrested in Mexico for anything even remotely serious. Forty-two percent of Mexican prison inmates are legally innocent because they have never been sentenced, says Mark in Mexico.

“And the reason they’ve never been sentenced is usually because there is not enough evidence to convict them. So the prosecutors never call their cases. The inmates have no lawyers representing them to force the issue. So they are forgotten.”

So you have a lawyer, right? Good for you. Next up, bureaucratic entropy.

Mark, meanwhile, disappeared years ago. No one knows what happened to him. Mexico is such a mysterious place. Especially if you criticize the government.

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