The Cycle of Brazil’s Prisons

By Amy Skalmusky, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Many of those arrested in the recent operations in Complexo do Alemão and Vila Cruzeiro are no strangers to the police or prison system. With the continuing operations and arrests across Rio, there are growing concerns about the justice system's ability to keep criminals off the streets.

Brazilians refer to it as “impunidade . . .

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