Brazilian prison system completely screwed


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Brazilian prison system completely screwed
"Both the government and rights groups agree that poor conditions in Brazilian jails are a critical factor in the country's notorious record of regular uprisings - which all too often end in blood and death... Amnesty International estimates that a system with a capacity for 180,000 inmates is now holding at least 285,000. It condemned conditions in Brazilian detention facilities as 'cruel, inhuman or degrading.' ... Facilities offer little sanitation, and are badly built. In a recent uprising at the Benfica detention facility in Rio de Janeiro, reporters were shocked to see prisoners easily pounding holes into the walls so they could attract the attention of relatives outside."


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