Without Visitors or Access to Attorneys, Prisoners Fear Coronavirus; First Fatality in Rio Jail

There are at least 54 inmates with confirmed Covid-19. For an OAB (Brazilian Bar Association) member, without attorneys and public defenders visiting prisons, prisoners' rights are infringed.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thousands of men and women detained in Brazilian penitentiaries are living an ambiguous situation. The almost 800,000 prisoners, the third-largest prison population in the world, share overcrowded cells in unsanitary conditions, a fertile ground for the spread of coronavirus and other respiratory diseases - a situation that has already been the subject of denunciations in international courts.

On the other hand, part of this crowd lives in a form of complete social isolation from the outside world. In addition to the suspension of visits in most states and in the federal penitentiary system, a measure . . .

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