Number of Women in Brazil Prisons Surges Since 2000

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The number of incarcerated women in Brazil grew by more than 567 percent from 2000 to 2014, according to the first national report on the feminine penitentiary population conducted by the country’s Ministry of Justice. According to the government’s Infopen Women study, in absolute numbers, Brazil is the fifth country in a list of twenty, with the largest women population in prison only behind the U.S., China, Russia and Thailand.

The study also shows that nearly half of the women incarcerated today in the country are between . . .

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