Hundreds of inmates will be transferred to make way for Walls of Water arts venue

Mexico is to close one of the world’s last remaining prison islands and turn it into a cultural centre named for a communist writer once held there.

The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, signed a declaration at his Monday morning press conference closing the federal prison on the Islas Marías, 60 miles off Mexico’s Pacific coast, saying he wanted to promote “more schools and fewer prisons”.

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