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São Paulo’s Overcrowded Prisons Stretched to the Breaking Point

São Paulo’s Overcrowded Prisons Stretched to the Breaking Point

On average, São Paulo's prisons operate with 70 percent more inmates than the system can support. Some prisons operate at triple their capacity.  Read More

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Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, has seen some important security advances in recent years, taking dozens of communities in Rio de Janeiro from criminal gangs through its innovative UPP security program. However, it faces a serious threat from its two largest domestic criminal gangs, the First Capital Command (Primeiro Comando Capital - PCC) and Red Command (Comando Vermelho), who are becoming increasingly involved in the international drug trade, as well as operating extortion and kidnapping rings at home. Militia groups composed mostly of police are another source of violent crime, extorting entire neighborhoods and carrying out extrajudicial killings. The country is becoming increasingly important as a market and transit point for cocaine.

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