April 10, 2019

FIRST, SECURITY:

Bolsonaro targets deadly gangs run from Brazil's prisons (Gabriel Stargardter, 4/10/19, Reuters) 

Before Brazilian prosecutors could conduct an inspection last year of the prison considered the country's worst, its warden had to clear their visit with the jail's de facto authorities: in-house prison gangs.

As Brazil's incarcerated population has surged eight-fold in three decades to around 750,000 inmates, the world's third-highest tally, its prison gangs have come to wield vast power that reaches far beyond the jailhouse walls.

New President Jair Bolsonaro's vow to crack down on spiraling crime has put him on a collision course with the jail gangs. In a strategy detailed to Reuters for the first time, top security officials said they plan to isolate gang bosses, ramp up surveillance, build more lockups and deploy federal forces to beleaguered state prison systems.

Posted by at April 10, 2019 4:08 AM

  

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