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Drug War Lures Mexico Firms to Jails as Foreign Rivals Stay Away

Two Mexican homebuilding companies are embracing the government’s turn to private enterprises to help run violence-plagued prisons that has been shunned by international jail-management firms.

The country will open its first private prisons this year as the U.S.-backed war against drug gangs fills cells past capacity. In Central America, where a fire at an overcrowded Honduras jail killed 366 inmates in February, business groups are also pushing governments to build and run facilities.