Brazil to Create Commission Against Organized Crime in Prisons

Brazil has more than 700,000 prisoners, the third largest population of incarcerated in the world, and the prison population grows by 8.3 percent a year.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Public Security Minister, Raul Jungmann, announced on Friday (July 20th) the creation of the National Commission on Intelligence and Operations whose main objective will be to combat organized crime that operate in the Brazilian penitentiary system.

The official stated that that the control of Brazil’s prisons by large criminal groups is making the country hostage to the prison system.

"Today the Brazilian penitentiary system, which is already the third largest in the world, is under the control of factions and criminal groups,” stated Jungmann during the press . . .

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