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1. This column is about the hundreds that died in a prison fire in Honduras this past Tuesday.

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There are 358 people confirmed dead.

The prison was only meant to hold around 400 people, but instead had 856 inmates.

Around 475 people escaped.

Around 356 people are missing and presumed dead.

The local governor, a former employee at the penitentiary, told reporters that an inmate called her moments before the fire and said he was going to set the 1940s-era facility on fire and kill everyone inside.

The fire had spread within minutes and killed many trapped inmates because the firefighters struggled to find the officials who had the keys.

Dozens of the inmates' relatives were seen throwing rocks at officers demanding to see the bodies of their loved ones.

The U.S. State Department has criticized Honduras for "harsh prison conditions" and violence against detainees.

Honduras has 24 prisons, 23 for men or both genders, and one exclusively for women. The total prison population in December was 11,846 of which 411 were women.

 3. I think that the writer feels as though there is a huge danger in hundreds of prisoners escaping the fire.

4. No. The author mentions multiple times throughout the article that many of the inmates had been charged with violent and threatening crimes such as armed robbery and homicide. Because this fact was used in excess, I have assumed that the author is trying to stress the danger of this horrific event.

6. I have learned that this columnist is very good at covering the basis and leaving the rest for the reader to infer. For instance, the author does not mention whether or not they think that so many criminals dying in a fire is better than them escaping from the penitentiary.

7. This article is written for the type of reader who would like to know more about the Honduras fire without a direct moral compass leading them into what they should or should not belive about this issue.

8. Yes, from the high criminal rate to the clear violation of the population of the prison, I do believe that Honduras is far less safe than it was two weeks ago before hundreds escaped and even more were killed.

2. The main purpose of this article was to inform the reader, not to convince them of anything. However, I do believe that by repeating some very obvious facts and leaving other bigger issues open leads the reader into believing that it wouldn’t have been so bad if more inmates had perished in the fire due to the more dangerous conditions that the streets of Honduras are now facing. The author goes into detail about what is surrounding the prison, insinuating the reader to imagine criminals fleeing in the night. He also reflects back on past fires and the staggering numbers that they have killed without a trace of remorse for all of the lives lost. In fact, “the U.S. State Department has criticized Honduras for ‘harsh prison conditions’ and violence against detainees.” This further defends built up rage that the prisoners could have making them even more dangerous than if they had just burned in the fire and been forgotten like the hundreds of others.