The Quiche Mayans have a long history of not being soft on crime. Death by stoning, arrow shots, and dismemberment were common in ancient times. In the 1970's, criminals were still being flogged in Chichicastenango. I was there in the early 1990's when they took 19 habitual criminals out to a bridge and hanged them. That night, the Mayan Catholic service at the Santo Tomas Church was one that I will never forget. The church was filled with clouds of incense, and the pews were filled with crying mothers who had lost their sons and grandsons. The Guatemalan government swore that they would investigate, but nobody believed them. Once I visited a Guatemalan jail out of curiosity, it had dirt floors. They are not designed for comfort.