CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- A prison riot appears to have ended peacefully after inmates released a guard they had taken captive to protest overcrowded conditions.
The riot began Sunday night when some 30 inmates took control of a temporary detention facility in a densely populated part of the capital.
More than 100 police were deployed and around midday Monday prisoners, some with their faces covered, were seen on the facility's roof shouting their demands. Shortly afterward buses transferred a group of prisoners out of the facility and a guard was released.
In November, at least 35 prisoners died during what authorities described as a mass overdose triggered by a riot at a separate facility also suffering from overcrowding. Venezuela's prison population has doubles since 2008 as a result of rampant crime and stiffer sentencing.