Temer Has Few Easy Choices to Solve Brazil’s Prison Crisis

Special Operations Battalion Police enter the Alcacuz prison amid tension between rival gangs, Nisia Floresta, near Natal, Brazil, Jan. 21, 2017 (AP photo by Felipe Dana).
Special Operations Battalion Police enter the Alcacuz prison amid tension between rival gangs, Nisia Floresta, near Natal, Brazil, Jan. 21, 2017 (AP photo by Felipe Dana).

Brazil’s president is having a kind of homecoming, but not the one he wanted. Long before ascending to the presidency last summer after the impeachment and removal of Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer served in the 1980s as the top security official for the state of Sao Paulo, overseeing its prison system. He is now struggling to contain an unprecedented nationwide crisis in Brazil’s jails. On Jan. 1, the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus, capital of the remote state of Amazonas, erupted into violence; inmates took hostages and set to work killing their rivals, throwing their mutilated corpses outside the […]

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