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Prison murders illustrate a spike in gang killings in Brazil’s Amazon

Brazil's prison system has been the stage for multiple killings
Brazil’s prison system has been the stage for multiple killings

As The Brazilian Report recently published in our Daily Briefing, the country’s most recent violence figures have shown a worrying increase of murder rates in the North and Northeast regions. While levels rose 24 percent nationwide between 2007 and 2017, the increase in northern and north-eastern states was a staggering 68 percent. The figures come from the Violence Map study, a yearly research project carried out by Brazil’s Institute for Applied Economic Research (Ipea) and the Brazilian Forum for Public Safety (FBSP). The latest study dovetailed with events one week previously, when 55 inmates were murdered during a...

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