LIMA – Authorities on Sunday declared a 60-day emergency at the Lurigancho prison, the largest in Peru with 9,000 inmates, to be able to restore order in the facility, the head of the INPE national prisons institute, Julio Magan, said after an operation to seize prohibited items from the prisoners.
Early Sunday morning, some 800 police entered the prison to perform a thorough search for prohibited items in the cells, collecting 200 cellphones, electronic memories, televisions, cable connections and knives.
Magan said that the operation lasted seven hours and police also seized 1,000 liters of so-called “chicha canera,” a type of liquor prepared illegally by the inmates who were planning to enjoy their Sunday family visits.
The INPE chief said that during the emergency period no more inmates will be housed in the prison until all the irregularities currently existing at the facility have been dealt with.
The Lurigancho prison is designed to house just 3,000 inmates, and the 9,000 serving time there now make it Peru’s largest and most overcrowded penitentiary, according to INPE figures.