"El Salvador's prison population has tripled to 100,000 in less than two years under President Nayib Bukele's crackdown on gangs, his security minister said, revealing for the first time how many people his administration has jailed," local outlet La Prensa Grafica reported.
On Tuesday, the Legislative Assembly approved the 18th extension to the emergency regime, which keeps some constitutional rights suspended for all Salvadorans from March 27, 2022.
Since this date, the prison population has tripled due to over 72,600 arrests of citizens accused of belonging to urban gangs.
El Salvador has the world's highest prison population rate, according to data collected in the World Prison Brief by the Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research (ICPR).
The Central American country had 1,086 people serving jail sentences per 100,00 inhabitants in May 2022. pic.twitter.com/YV7qjjKNsy