The Alarming Situation of Prisons in Brazil
On January 15th, 2017, a riot in the prison of Alcacuz ended up with 26 inmates dead, killed by other prisoners in a brutal battle between two criminal gangs, First Capital Command and Crime Union of Rio Grande do Norte. The uprising lasted 14 hours and it was brutal: the victims were beheaded, disemboweled and dismembered.
Alcacuz is one of many prisons in the country that suffers from overcrowding: it has space for 620 people but it’s holding over 1,000.
It was also the latest of a string of riots that have happened since January 1st of 2017, in different prisons. In total, 130 people have died and there are still prisoners unaccounted for. And it’s always a war between rival gangs.
Since the guards are unable to control the situation, the goverment has said they are going to have the federal armed forces available to help keep some order and do regular inspections. But the situation is very, very rough and authorities fear it will soon start happening on the streets.