Every Year Prisoners on Christmas Furlough Go AWOL in Brazil

More than 400 prisoners on Christmas furlough in 2019, some 16% of those released, failed to return to prison and are now considered fugitives.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Every year prisoners in a work-release regime in Rio de Janeiro’s penitentiary system are granted leave to spend Christmas time outside prison.

Before 2017, they were also allowed to spend New Year away, but in 2019 all prisoners were to have returned by December 30th.

As of January 7th 2020, 422 prisoners were still unaccounted for and are considered to be fugitives. When found, they are liable to be restored to a full confinement regime without the benefits of the work-release status.

Among prisoners furloughed this year were members of the police and . . .

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