Brazil’s Corrupt Prisons

Brazil has a problem with corruption inside many of their prisons. Many people within the Latin American country have the fear of being tortured while being in custody. Alexandre Ciconelle, in an article for Al Jazeera, describes these troubling statistics in a country that is on the verge of becoming a world power in the future.

The author, who is a human rights lawyer, writes of horrendous things done within the walls of prisons to try and curb crime. A picture released from one prison shows a couple of people that were beheaded. This image sent shockwaves throughout the population. Another shocking detail about Brazilian prisons are the statistics. In a ten year period, the population in these prisons rose by 67.5 percent. Including house arrest, this increase has lead Brazil to reach the third spot on the most populous prison system behind the United States and China. A large part of this population are poor, black, and not well educated. These people are locked are away for mostly minor level offenses. Petty drug dealing is a major example of these kinds of low level crimes that are keeping people behind the bars of Brazil’s corrupt prisons.

Brazil has a problem with corruption inside many of their prisons. Many people within the Latin American country have the fear of being tortured while being in custody. Alexandre Ciconelle, in an article for Al Jazeera, describes these troubling statistics in a country that is on the verge of becoming a world power in the future.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/12/barbarism-brazilian-prisons-201412994538161939.html

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