Reports of a deadly prison riot in the North region has shocked Brazil. At least 57 inmates have died—16 of them having been beheaded, with several others asphyxiated—in the city of Altamira, following a clash between drug gangs. Unless the body count rises yet further, this will be the second-deadliest riot of the year. In May, a series of attacks in prisons of the state of Amazonas killed 55.
Prison massacres have become morbidly recurrent in Brazil, as the inmate population explodes, with brutal incarceration conditions in most states. Over the past two and a half years, multiple riots left 227 dead.