Overcrowding in Brazilian Prisons May Increase with New Law

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Justice released a study on Tuesday showing that Brazil is the country with the fourth largest prison population in the world, falling only behind the United States, China and Russia. Now according to Brazil’s Justice Minister, Eduardo Cardozo, if the bill on the reduction of the criminal responsibility age, being discussed in Congress at the moment, were passed into law, the already overcrowded prison system in Brazil would become even worse.

“If there is a reduction in the criminal responsibility age, the numbers of this survey . . .

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