UN Envoy Calls for Change in Brazil’s Prisons

By Kate Rintoul, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL — In the last week of August, riots broke out in four prisons across Brazil, killing eight inmates and prompting the UN to call for reforms as overcrowding and poor conditions have made prisons hotbeds for crime and violence. The week began in Cascavel, Paraná, on Sunday, August 24th, when a large criminal gang of inmates took two guards and several other occupants hostage while making demands for better food and medical care in the prison.

In response to the deaths, the South America representative for United Nations Human Rights Commission (OHCHR . . .

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