By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The federal government of Brazil announced on Tuesday (January 17th) it was authorizing the armed forces to help with the reinforcement of security inside prisons across the country.

In practical terms, the armed forces, before restricted to securing the area outside prison walls are now allowed to enter, search and inspect visitors and materials going into the penitentiaries.

The President of the Republic has determined that the Armed Forces participate more intensely in the National Security Plan," said Minister of Defense Raul Jungmann on Tuesday.

"Personnel from the Army, Navy . . .

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