Reports of a jail riot in Juárez started hitting the airwaves yesterday, and today the final tally is being placed 20 dead inmates. It turns out it wasn't so much of a riot as a group execution: one gang stole a guard's keys, and ran roughshod over another gang housed in another of the jail's wings. The LA Times has a characteristically detailed synopsis of the events, including the nugget that the riots erupted after the end of conjugal visits. That's odd; I'd thought the point of said visits was that sex can be a pacifier.
The article doesn't mention this, but I wonder if the fact that the army just deployed 5,000 troops in Juárez has anything to do with the timing of the riot. Juárez has been relatively calm since the soldiers arrived, and so it makes you wonder if the gangs took their fights off the streets and into the jail, which is run by civilian authorities.