By Alfred Rinaldi, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – According to official statistics issued by the Instituto de Segurança Pública (Institute for Public Security), there were 3,501 intentional homicides in Rio de Janeiro state between January and September 2013 – up 14.9 percent compared to the same period last year. In Rio de Janeiro city, the year-on-year increase stood at 4.8 percent for the period.

According to another study by Rio's Public Security Institute (ISP), the number of murders in the favelas where UPPs have been established over the past four years has . . .

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