Inmate Deaths Due to Disease Up by 114 Percent in Rio Since 2010

“They are not violent deaths, they (inmates) are dying as a result of simple health problems, which deteriorate," says researcher.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The deaths of inmates in Rio de Janeiro state due to diseases acquired during incarceration, increased by 114 percent between 2010 and 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Mechanism for Prevention and Combat of Torture, entity linked to the state’s Legislative Assembly (Alerj).

"We are talking only of those who died within the prison system, there are those who die later because they have been debilitated, there are those who leave with their lungs practically not working, and most of these deaths could be avoided,” one of . . .

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