Brazil to Furlough Thousands of Prisoners for Father’s Day

Brazilian federal law guarantees the right for prisoners to go free on specific holidays, regardless of the crime, once certain conditions are met. Authorities worry that it leads to a spike in crime.

RIO DE JANEIRIO, BRAZIL - Brazil celebrates Father's Day this Sunday, and 170,000 prisoners could potentially be granted a temporary release from incarceration.

Inmates from across Brazil will be released for several days under a federal law which allows prisoners to go free for select holidays.

The law applies to prisoners who have completed between 1/6th and 1/5th of their sentence. Authorities rely on the good faith of inmates to return to the correctional facility when their allocated time outside the prison walls expires.

Critics of the program say that the release of the prisoners causes a . . .

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