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By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Executive Superintendence of Penitentiary Administration (SEAP) confirmed through a statement released on Monday (January 1st) night that nine prisoners died and fourteen were injured, during a riot in the...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The non-governmental group Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in its latest Global Report that the overcrowding in Brazilian prisons and the high number of extrajudicial killings at the hands of...
By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian federal government announced on Wednesday that it would disburse R$1.2 billion for the construction of new prisons and the modernization of the Brazilian penal system. The investments, say...
By Maria Lopez Conde, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - Both leaders and members of Maranhão state crime gangs jailed at Pedrinhas Penitentiary in the capital of São Luís will be transferred to federal prisons over the next few...
By Stephanie Foden, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A clash between inmates of rival gangs left 13 dead and at least 30 injured on Wednesday evening at Complexo Penitenciário de Pedrinhas in São Luís, capital city of Maranhão...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Over twenty years after the infamous massacre in São Paulo's Carandiru prison, in which a police operation to quell a riot left over a hundred prisoners dead, the first of 79...
By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Justice Department is terminating 29 contracts signed to build desperately needed prisons that never left the drawing board. It means Depen, Brazil’s National Penitentiary Department, will have to...
By Jaylan Boyle, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian government is currently considering a range of options aimed at the slowing rapid growth in the country's prison population, including the use of electronic surveillance as a means...
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