Rio State Sees Homicide Up 20 Percent

By Chesney Hearst, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Recently released data from the Institute of Public Security (ISP) shows the number of homicides are down in the city of Rio de Janeiro while the number of homicides and other crimes, including reports of rape, have increased elsewhere in the state. The government's installation of Police Pacification Units (UPPs) in the city of Rio's favelas is considered as a primary factor in the difference.

The ISP released the data for the month of January 2013 on March 9th, revealing the largest monthly increase in the number of homicides . . .

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