Brazil’s Government to Invest R$1.2 Billion in Prison System

Of the total R$799 million will be earmarked for the construction of new penitentiaries to reduce the current overcrowding in prisons.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Brazilian federal government announced on Wednesday that it would disburse R$1.2 billion for the construction of new prisons and the modernization of the Brazilian penal system. The investments, say officials, will help reduce the chronic overcrowding in Brazilian prisons.

"The disbursement of these resources should allow measures and investments to be put in place as soon as possible, not only to modernize but also to humanize the conditions of the prison system in our country," Alexandre Parola, President Temer’s spokesperson, stated during a press briefing.

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