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Another prison riot claims lives in Brazil

Another prison riot claims lives in Brazil

Few details were available about the latest uprising early on Friday in Roraima state's largest penitentiary, where a fight between rival drug gangs ended with 10 dead last October.

Members of the First Capital Command, or PCC - Brazil's most powerful gang - were among the dozens killed days ago at the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary in Manaus. No firearms have been found inside the prison so far. In another of the riots in the state, four prisoners died.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A lack of guards means prisoners can take control, experts say.

It has not been revealed if police believe the two prison riots are related.

There are 1.67 prisoners for every available space in Brazil - and a staggering 2.59 prisoners in Amazonas state for every space, according to the report. There were 1,475 prisoners at the Monte Cristo prison nearly double its capacity of 750 and 15 officers at the time of the incident, Jornal O Globo reported.

Brazil has the fourth largest prison population in the world, with more than 622,000 people behind bars, according to its justice ministry.




Nearly 100 inmates lost their lives in the first week of January alone - brutally murdered, the guards apparently unable to stop the bloodshed.

And thanks to the government's crackdown on criminal gangs, there are thousands of members of both gangs locked up inside Brazilian prisons.

The states of northern Brazil, which border top cocaine producers Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, are battle zones in the drug trade.

At least 93 prisoners have been killed in three separate prison riots this week in Brazil, sparking fears that months of violence between drug gangs who control numerous country's prisons was spiraling out of control.

But proposed solutions such as Temer's prison-building plan fail to address the root problem, said sociologist Camila Nunes of the Federal University of ABC in Sao Paulo. "They will just placate public opinion until there's another tragedy".

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