Brazil’s typical prisoner: male, young, black, and poorly educated

Brazil's typical prisoner : young, black, and poorly educated
Brazil’s typical prisoner: young, black, and poorly educated. Photo: Flickr

The National Penitentiary Department, an institution under the Ministry of Justice, has published a new report concerning Brazil’s prisoner population. The data shows that the typical prisoner in Brazil are males under 30 years old, black, and uneducated. In 2016, there were at least 372 deaths inside the penitentiary system.

That number should go up in 2017, over 100 inmates died in prison massacres earlier this year. The murder rate inside Brazilian prisons is of 58 for every 100,000. It means that, if the penitentiary system were a state, it would be Brazil’s most violent one.

Here are the main findings:


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