More than 40,000 gang members (pandilleros), which the state refers to as terrorists, are locked up in this enormous prison, in inhumane, caged conditions.
One could argue that they got what they deserved and many Argentine commentators wish that a similar system was introduced here because many criminals are treated too leniently by the courts. I can't disagree with that point of view because criminals in this country appear to get away with their crimes time after time.
But the president of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, declared a state of emergency last year which gives him emergency powers over and above parliament and the constitution. This means that many innocent people are rounded up and thrown into jail with zero defence.