Brazil's president has described a deepening, nationwide crisis of insecurity as a "national emergency." But contrary to official rhetoric, the government does not appear to have a coherent plan to address the main drivers of violence and crime.
Brazil's justice minister caused a stir this week when he accused Rio de Janeiro's military police of maintaining ties to organized crime, and recent polls show citizens lack trust in the force. But "cariocas," as the city's residents are known locally, seem to be at a loss for alternatives to the notoriously corrupt and abusive security body.
Nearly four in every 1,000 Brazilian adolescents living in the country's biggest cities are murdered before the age of 19, according to a new UN report that illustrates how Brazilian youth pay the highest price for crime and violence.
Brazil's Senate approved a controversial measure that would transfer jurisdiction for alleged crimes committed by members of the armed forces to the military itself, a controversial move that has been linked to impunity for abusive security forces in other cases.