Prison Contracts Cut Despite Overcrowding

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s Justice Department is terminating 29 contracts signed to build desperately needed prisons that never left the drawing board. It means Depen, Brazil’s National Penitentiary Department, will have to chase after the R$160 million that has already been paid into states’ accounts for the new building works, while more and more reports surface of inmates fleeing severely overcrowded prisons . . .

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