Prison inmates' military parade

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South American country of Peru has turned to military tactics to reform prison inmates.

CANETE, PERU -The South American country of Peru has turned to military tactics to reform prison inmates.

It&39;s the prisoners themselves who train as soldiers, and they display their skills every year at an Independence Day parade.  

A sight that&39;ll terrify most law-abiding citizens.

Heavily-armed prison inmates in battle-dress.

Marching with military precision.

But all it not what it seems. The weapons are made from cardboard and wood.

The prisoners also make their own uniforms,

and all the other props needed for the military display.

Prison authorities say the parade helps inmates learn responsibility and respect.

It&39;s also meant to instill patriotism, which warders believe makes it easier to maintain discipline but even with months of training, things can still go wrong.

Though most of these inmates are only too happy to get a break from the monotonous routine of prison, even if it&39;s just once a year.