At Least 26 Inmates Killed in Brazilian Prison Riot

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At least 26 prisoners were killed Saturday in Brazil’s fifth deadly prison riot since January 1. The riot lasted more than 14 hours, finally ending around 7:30 a.m. (Credit: Andressa Anholete/AFP/Getty Images)

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At Least 26 Inmates Killed in Brazilian Prison Riot

Corpses are being removed from the Alcacuz Penitentiary after a fight between rival gangs left at least 30 prisoners dead January 15, 2017. The Alcaçuz prison has the capacity for 620 inmates but currently houses 1,083. Sergio Fontes, the public safety secretary for the state of Amazonas, said the riot started over control of the drug trade in prison. The São Paulo-based PCC was involved in the other fatal riots this year, authorities said. It broke out after a fight between rival gangs PCC (First Capital Command) and Sindicato do Crime do RN (Crime Union of Rio Grande do Norte). As that riot was being quelled, four inmates were killed January 2 at the Prison Unit of Puraquequara in Manaus. Brazilian President Michel Temer and Justice Minister Alexandre de Moraes recently announced the creation of a new national plan to improve the nation’s prison system. Six inmates responsible for the riot have been identified and are being moved to other prisons, authorities said during a press conference on Sunday. -5.402580
-36.954107 Jose Carvalho da Silva, the interim director of the Anísio Jobim Penitentiary Complex, was removed from office Tuesday after the deadly riot and corruption allegations by two inmates. And on January 8, four prisoners were killed in the Desembargador Raimundo Vidal Pessoa public jail in Manaus. Police and special military police forces were deployed to the prison, government spokeswoman Juliska Azevedo said. This year’s wave of prison violence started January 1 when at least 56 prisoners were killed at the Anisio Jobim Penitentiary Complex in Manaus. Victims were decapitated and their bodies thrown over the prison wall. Many prisons are badly overcrowded. Brazil has the fourth-largest prison population in the world, with more than 622,000 people behind bars, according to its justice ministry. In the neighboring Roraima state, 33 people were killed January 6 at the Agricultural Penitentiary of Monte Cristo. Sunday, the state-run news outlet Agencia Brasil said. Corpses are being removed from the Alcacuz Penitentiary after a fight between rival gangs left at least 30 prisoners dead January 15, 2017. Prisoners escaped from other prison units during the unrest. The latest riot happened at the Alcaçuz prison, the largest prison in the state of Rio Grande do Norte in the northeast, according to the state government.