Brazil Has Over 773,000 Prisoners, Most Under Full-time Confinement

Pre-trial detainees represent almost one-third of all prisoners, while one in every six is on a work release program. Drug-related crimes account for almost 40% of all detainees.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil has over 773,000 prisoners in prison facilities and in police stations. The figures, relating to June 2019, were released yesterday, February 14th, by the National Penitentiary Department (DEPEN), a body linked to the Ministry of Justice and Public Safety.

The number of prisoners housed in correctional facilities totals 758,676, with most (348,371 or 45.92 percent) under full-time confinement. The data show a growth of 3.89 percent in this population compared to 2018.

Pre-trial detainees - who have not yet been convicted - represent the second largest contingent, with 253,963 . . .

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