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A quick scan of your social media feeds can leave you feeling like the last person in the country without access to a pool. The struggle is real. Consider this your trigger warning for the news ruffling many an Argentine feather.

Based on reports coming out of Sante Fe Province, even convicted felons and murderers are having an easier time finding a pool than you. Nestled in a small courtyard in Coronda Prison, a sizeable paddling pool is providing a refreshing take on the ‘prison break’ concept. Among those making good use of the pool is Juan “Quique” Leiva, one of the heads of the notorious Colón gang in Santa Fe currently serving a sentence for homicide.

According to Pablo Cococcioni, Secretary of Penitentiary Affairs for the province, however, the pool is ‘not illegal’.

“It is not a privilege, any courtyard that puts in a request to get a pool, unless there is a security problem, is authorized [to do so]” he told a radio station in Santa Fe.

The authorities made sure to note that small pools made from tarp or rubber have been granted entry into prisons in the past so ready those bathing suits boys!

Unsurprisingly, the news has drummed up quite a bit of controversy. The Ministry of Security released a statement in response, outlining that: ‘The National Constitution and the international treaties signed by our country establishes that prisons are for social reintegration and not for punishment.’

If this leaves you craving a little poolside ‘social reintegration’ yourself, you’re not alone. Hang in there hot pocket.



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