Little control inside prison
Officials have long had little control of conditions inside many Honduran prisons, where inmates have largely unfettered access to mobile phones and other contraband. A woman visiting her partner was among the victims.
In many South American prisons prisoners are placed into common cell blocks where they live openly among other prisoners. They are segregated by gang affiliation.
It is tragic that the facility was so misconfigured that more than 350 people were allowed to die.