Ecuadorian prisons insist they have made progress in six months

Ecuador authorities vow to regain control of prisons amid wave of violence.

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, center, with other inmates, talks to his lawyer, Carlos Varela, during a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, center, with other inmates, talks to his lawyer, Carlos Varela, during a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, a Guyanese immigrant, is escorted to a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, a Guyanese immigrant, is escorted to a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, a Guyanese immigrant, is escorted to a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, a Guyanese immigrant, is escorted to a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, a Guyanese immigrant, is escorted to a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

Guillermo Ponce de Leon, a Guyanese immigrant, is escorted to a hearing at the prison of El Monte outside the capital Quito, Ecuador. Associated Press

More than 60 people remain in the Ecuadorian prisons, most of them immigrants.

In the absence of a strong state, prison administrators take charge, and that means they have to keep their word to their prisoners.

The prison administration in the coastal village of El Monte, about 50 miles from the capital Quito, on Tuesday insisted it has made progress in the six months since some of its convicts were freed in a crackdown by President Rafael Correa. But the same could not be said for many others behind bars.

“Not exactly, because we have people here who are very ill,” said Guillermo Ponce de Leon

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