June 11, 2010
Posted: 08:35 AM ET
"He'll be put in Lurigancho Prison, which is the worst of the worst," Michael Griffith, senior partner at the International Legal Defense Counsel, tells AOL News. "They should have a sign above the door there saying, 'All those who pass this way leave all hope behind.' "
Griffith has counseled and represented clients in more than 40 countries on a variety of charges. His most renowned case, involving an American incarcerated in a Turkish prison, was the basis for the film and book "Midnight Express."
Having visited more than two dozen foreign prisons, Griffith says Lurigancho is in a world of its own.
"There are 35 guys in a room there," he says. "They don't have beds, they go to the bathroom on the floor and the showers run once a week for 15 minutes. Fifty percent of the inmates have AIDS or tuberculosis, and you can die from eating the food."
National Geographic's 'Inside the World's Toughest Prisons' featured Lurigacho in an episode – click HERE to see pictures and videos of this notorious place.
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