Why a Tough-on-Crime Approach Won’t Solve Brazil’s ‘Epidemic’ of Prison Violence

Family members attend the funeral of an inmate who was killed during a riot at a prison in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, July 31, 2019 (AP photo by Raimundo Pacco).
Family members attend the funeral of an inmate who was killed during a riot at a prison in Altamira, Para state, Brazil, July 31, 2019 (AP photo by Raimundo Pacco).
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of a new series on prison conditions and criminal justice policy around the world. Sixty-two people are dead following a riot at a prison in northern Brazil earlier this week. Fifty-eight inmates were killed when a fight broke out between rival gangs at a prison in Altamira, in Para state, including 16 who were beheaded. Four more inmates were murdered while being transferred to a different facility. In an email interview with WPR, Robert Muggah, co-founder and research director at the Igarape Institute in Rio de Janeiro, explains why deadly prison riots are so […]

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