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Prison Overcrowding Continues

By Jaylan Boyle, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - The Brazilian government is currently considering a range of options aimed at the slowing rapid growth in the country's prison population, including the use of electronic surveillance as a means of freeing up space in dangerously overcrowded cells.

According to many observers, the federal government has been slow to acknowledge the role that Brazilian prisons play in exacerbating the country's crime situation, frequently acting as convenient concentrations of young men recruited by the country's powerful gangs.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that non-affiliated prisoners are often forced to choose . . .

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