|Tolemaida 'resort' (Photo from Semana magazine)|
Except, this time the inmates were military men, convicted for offenses including murder of multiple civilians.
The Tolemaida Reclusion Center resembled more a country resort than any sort of prison. The 'inmates' had freedom to roam the grounds, operated businesses, sometimes lived in cabins and enjoyed visits, Semana magazine reported. Many of the prisoners even left the 'prison' for vacations - as far away as San Andres Island.
|Tolemaida Prison (Photo: El Pais)|
I've heard stories myself about corruption in regular Colombian prisons, but nothing like this. People smuggle in cell phones, drugs and weapons (and that was a women's prison). But the corruption doesn't appear to reach the rampant levels of prisons in Bolivia and Venezuela, where the guards control the gates and the inmates control everything inside.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours