"Prison Break's" Sona Inspired by Carandiru
"Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller explained in an interview with a local FOX affiliate that the writers modeled Sona, "a hellish Panamanian prison where there are no rules, no guards and no escape" after the actual Carandiru Prison, a notorious penitentiary located in São Paulo, Brazil which became the site of a terrifying massacre in 1992.
The prison which was operational from 1956 to 2002 was the largest penitentiary in Brazil and at its peak it was housing as many as 8000 inmates.
In 1992, 111 inmates were killed (102 by the Military Police) after the prisoners began a riot.
The commanding officer of the operation, colonel Ubiratan Guimarães, was initially sentenced to 632 years in prison for his handling of the rebellion and massacre.
On 16 February 2006 a Brazilian court accepted Guimarães' argument that he was only following orders and voided his conviction.
He was however assassinated in September of the same year.
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