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 series of prison riots outside of Manaus, the largest city in Brazil’s North region. In 2017, which is the latest year analyzed by the Violence Map, a 17-hour riot in a state penitentiary left 56 dead.