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Bolivia's open-jail policy under scrutiny

Government prohibits children over 11 to stay in prison with their parents, following rape of 12-year-old girl.

Last Modified: 02 Aug 2013 10:41
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The case of a 12-year-old girl who says she was repeatedly raped in prison has prompted a heated public debate in Bolivia.

The country allows children to serve jail time with parents who have committed a crime. More than 2,000 children are currently living in this way, sharing cramped cells with other adults.

Al Jazeera's Mariana Sanchez reports from Cochabamba.

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