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The World Cup goes to prison in Peru

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 00:40

June 3 - Inmates at a high-security prison in Lima stage their own World Cup championship. Tara Cleary reports.

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It has the mascot, the dancing and even a ceremonial kick-off. But this soccer World Cup is happening behind bars in a Peruvian jail. It's part of an international prisoner program to help smooth inmates' rehabilitation and transition back into society. And for many, their time on the pitch is a distraction from their life as detainees. SOUNDBITE: Juan Loayza, prisoner, saying (Spanish): "Hopefully we'll do well and forget about all the bad things." The opening match was a friendly between the prisoners and real World Cup stars from 1970.

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The World Cup goes to prison in Peru

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 00:40