Maracaibo National Prison, also known as Sabaneta Prison in Venezuela, has been closed for more than a decade, but plans to turn it into a museum have sparked gruesome stories
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Gruesome stories from inside the world’s most violent prison have surfaced following plans to turn it into a museum.
Maracaibo National Prison, also known as Sabaneta Prison, was considered one of the most violent prisons in the world.
It was operated by Venezuela’s Ministry of Prison Systems from 1958 until its closure in 2013 following a fatal incident.
Severely overcrowded, Sabaneta housed 3,700 inmates at the time of closure, although it was built to house only 700 prisoners.
Almost 200 inmates were children of inmates.
There are now plans to turn the former prison, located in the city of Maracaibo, into a museum so that people can visit and learn more about the historical operation of corrupt prison systems.
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Like many Venezuelan prisons, the facility was run by gangs of inmates, although there was a “Pran” who served as the designated leader.
Riots ravaged Sabaneta, including a particularly deadly incident on January 3, 1994.
As a result of ongoing gang activity, a fire was set by a group of inmates. Then they shot or stabbed people trying to escape the fire.
More than 150 people were reportedly killed as security forces attempted to regain control of the facility.
Oswaldo Espina, an inmate who survived the incident, said the prisoners were armed with firearms, Molotov cocktails and knives.
Often cited as one of the deadliest prison incidents to date, this riot brought international attention to the poor conditions in Venezuelan prisons.
A 2013 riot also claimed the lives of 16 inmates, some of whom were dismembered and beheaded.
15 of them died in fights between rival gangs, the other victim was killed in another incident.
The government claimed arms smuggling by corrupt guards aided the violence, leading to the prison’s closure.
Then Prisons Minister Iris Varela said the incident was “the result of an internal war within the prison”.
A total of 69 inmates were killed that year.
Mocho Edwin was “pran” at the time the prison closed.
He was jailed for a triple murder and was well known throughout the facility for drug trafficking and prostitution.
When Sabaneta was closed, Edwin fought back and didn’t want to leave his kingdom.
A year before the prison closed, it was revealed that only eight guards were on duty at any one time.
This lack of security meant that gang violence was rampant and most violence within Sabaneta is attributed to rival gangs.
Government raids were frequent, often turning up vast amounts of weapons and drugs.
A raid even found a collection of animals housed at the prison, including farm animals, pedigree dogs and endangered species.
Among the animals kept were an ocelot, turkeys, raccoons and a few macaws, according to local newspaper La Verdad.
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