Brazil’s Prison Population Grows by 74 Percent in Seven Years

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A survey released on Wednesday, June 3rd, by Brazil’s Secretary General’s office confirmed showed that the country’s prison population grew by 74 percent between 2005 and 2012, totaling more than half a million detainees. Brazil today has the fourth largest prison population in the world only behind Russia, the U.S. and China.

Very recently Brazilians were shocked with images of decapitated heads of inmates from the Pedrinhas Prison . . .

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