Livin' It Up at the Hotel Venezuela

The US Supreme court recently ordered California to release tens of thousands of prisoners. I guess overcrowding is unconstitutional. There are alternatives to just turning convicted criminals loose, though, one of which is the "Venezuelan Solution." The NYTimes has the story:

Where Prisoners Can Do Anything, Except Leave

An excerpt, which will give you a pretty good sense of the situation:
Luis Gutiérrez, the warden at San Antonio, refused to discuss the prison he nominally oversees. On weekends, the ambience inside, bursting with spouses, romantic partners and some who simply show up looking for diversion, almost resembles the island's beach resorts. 
Prisoners barbecue meat while sipping whisky poolside. In some cells, equipped with air-conditioning and DirecTV satellite dishes, inmates relax with wives or girlfriends. (Venezuela, like other Latin American countries, allows conjugal visits.) The children of some inmates swim in one of the prison's four pools. 
Prisoners boast that they built these perks themselves, with their own money. They say escapes are rare (inmates, if they try, still face the threat of being shot by soldiers outside). And while San Antonio can hardly be considered safe — a grenade attack in the infirmary killed several men last year — inmates argue that compared with other jails, peace often prevails. 
"Our prison is a model institution," said Iván Peñalver, 33, a convicted murderer who preaches at the prison's evangelical Christian church.
Also, I'd say that this man has one of the loneliest, most thankless job in South America:
"The state has lost control of the prisons in Venezuela," said Carlos Nieto, director of Window to Freedom, which documents rights violations in Venezuelan prisons.