By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – A recently released study states the number of reported homicides in Rio's pacified favelas decreased by approximately 65 percent between the years of 2008, when the city's Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) first began, and 2012. The data is another strong indicator that the UPP program has been stemming the violence within these communities.

Conducted by the Institute of Public Security (ISP), 22 of the city's now 36 UPPs were included in the research with only the UPPs that had been in operation for more than a year . . .

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