Shooting at Maximum Security Prison in Guatemala 7 dead and 17 injured.

May 8, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Shooting at Maximum Security Prison in Guatemala 7 dead and 17 injured.


At least seven people were killed and 17 injured after a riot broke out at a prison near Guatemala City. According to the officials, Guatemala’s security forces regained control at the Pavon maximum security prison in Fraijanes municipality, Guatemala. “Security forces have already entered and have regained control of the center. Regarding the number of deceased inmates, there are seven confirmed. That is a preliminary number,” said Carlos Morales, a spokesman for Guatemala’s prison system. The dead were all prisoners at the Pavon Rehabilitation Model Farm according to the authorities and the prisoners carried their own dead to the entrance so authorities could identify them.  Shooting

The whole riot situation reportedly was sparked by a fight between two inmates, one of whom was “in an alleged state of intoxication”. Prisoners had control of the facility for some eight hours. Gunshots could be heard inside the prison and some inmates could be seen carrying guns. Prisoners carried their own dead to the entrance so authorities could identify them. Some 1,500 police officers and soldiers were sent to the scene, and regained control by late afternoon, officials said. Authorities said the facility was built to house 900 prisoners but held 4,137. Shooting


According to Evi Kostner is a sociocultural anthropologist, “The Guatemalan prison system collapsed and was abandoned by the Guatemalan state decades ago, according to experts and human rights activists. Currently, the penal centers are facing a 300% overpopulation and use additional police jails and military installations to accommodate inmates. In addition, prisons lack (adequate) medical care, alimentation and sleeping arrangements and have become places for sophisticated criminal activities to take place”.

Overpopulation in the Guatemalan prison system has been increasing steadily over the past decade.  Ironically, the risk of homicide in prison has increased due to overpopulation. In 2012, the risk of homicide inside a prison as opposed to the outside was three times more likely to occur. In contrast, the risk of homicide in prisons increased to a twelve times more likely chance in 2016.

Law enforcement agencies in Guatemala are overwhelmingly challenged by the situation both outside and inside the prison. Guatemala’s criminal organizations are among the most sophisticated and dangerous in Central America. Some of them have been in operation for decades. They include former members of the military, intelligence agencies and active members of the police.   Guatemala’s military and law enforcement agencies must control this crime situation infested within their prisons and prevent the formation of mafia gangs and extortion rackets inside their overcrowded prisons that are breeding grounds for criminal activities throughout Central America,


Guatemala has 15,500 active frontline military personnel and 35,000 National Civil Police (Policía Nacional Civil – PNC) officers. The intelligence apparatus (till 2017) was still in transition after a tumultuous history in which many of its members were part of a repressive state accused of widespread human rights abuses and the killing of civilians, and many others were part of organized criminal gangs. In such a turbulent situation it is only logical to provide security forces with a technology that can outpace and outperform the violence perpetrated by the inmates in Guatemalan prisons. Shooting

There is a technology that aims and delivers on the promise to protect human rights and help security agencies deliver truth and justice. Launched by a reputable company established by a team of serial entrepreneurs called Brainwave Science has worked tirelessly for over 5 years to develop iCognative technology. Based on established P300 science that has been extensively researched and peer-reviewed by the scientific community, iCognative technology delivers with over 99% accuracy in almost all civil as well as criminal cases. A noteworthy advancement from the polygraph, iCognative detects whether certain specific information is known to a suspect. Brainwave Science team collaborated for several federal law enforcement and investigation agencies to ensure that this investigation technology is fully system driven.  iCognative system is fully automated. Minimal equipment ensures ease of implementation. The proprietary software is designed to deliver results instantly.  Shooting

In the case of Guatemalan prison riots, law enforcement and the intelligence agencies may need to take the ring leaders behind the riots to the task. In order to dismantle the whole criminal network in the prison system, the law enforcement needs to conduct iCognative test on all the suspects related to the riots. iCognative test can identify members of specific gangs using the change in brainwaves when information known only to gang members is flashed on the screen. With the help of specific screening of all prisoners, within an hour per person, the intelligence officials can distinguish who between gang members who might otherwise pass as any other prisoner.

Utilization of advanced, neuroscience-based technology like iCognative may very well be an answer to the prayers of Guatemalan law enforcement agencies. Deployment of this technology by Brainwave Science would surely play a primal role in dismantling of street gangs that use the prison system to organize, train members, and run their networks. Shooting

iCognative leverages forensic capabilities to unprecedented levels. Keeping in mind the importance of time-sensitivity and quality of information, it is best positioned to support intelligence collection and investigation for Guatemalan law enforcement and security forces.

Source: BBC News