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Brazil Has World’s Third Largest Prison Population

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The total number of people incarcerated in Brazil reached 726,712 in June 2016, the third largest prison population in the world, only behind the United States and China, according to a study released by Brazil’s Ministry of Justice. According to the report, however, the number of prison beds has not increased in the same proportion.

“What we have is an increase in the prison population and, practically, a stability regarding the supply of vacancies and the number of prisons,” stated Jefferson de Almeida, general director of the National . . .

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