Crowded Prisons: Brazilian Magistrates Review Recidivism Rules for Petty Crimes

The opinion is shared by other judges, who often complain about the excessive habeas corpus reaching Brazil's highest courts.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In São Paulo, a young man was sentenced to four months in prison for stealing chocolates from a convenience store. In Paraná, another man tried to steal three R$12 (US$2) T-shirts, was arrested, and sentenced to one year in jail. In Rio, a homeless and hungry elderly man stole food from a store and ended up behind bars amid the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?