Coronavirus

Brazil moves to prevent Covid-19 from entering prisons

The country's prison system is already inhumane as it is. But the Covid-19 spread could create a crisis of unseen proportions

Brazil moves to prevent Covid-19 from entering prisons
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As we have covered many times on The Brazilian Report, Brazil’s prison system is a cesspool of human rights violations. Famously, one former Justice Minister said he’d rather die than spend a night in a Brazilian jail. These facilities are overcrowded, have little to no health conditions—making the prospect of letting the novel coronavirus enter prisons a doomsday scenario.

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