Brazil's jailbreaks expose the country's overburdened prison system

Brazil's jailbreaks expose the country's overburdened prison system

Some 223 inmates from prisons in Amazonas state have been relocated to an abandoned jail in Manaus to protect them from rival gangs following the riot. "I never imagined something like this could happen", cried Diana after learning that her son Ronei Pinheiro had been killed.

Security analysts have said that a truce that held for years between the PCC and CV was broken last year, resulting in months of deadly prison battles between the gangs and sparking fears that chaos will spread to other prisons.

Brazil´s prisons need 50 percent more capacity to handle the current number of inmates, the justice ministry report found. Bodies were decapitated and thrown over the prison's walls.

On Wednesday, January 4, the governor of Amazonas, José Melo (Pros), said that "there were no saints" among the prisoners killed.

The riot led to the biggest number of prison deaths in Brazil since the 1992 Carandiru massacre in Sao Paulo when 111 prisoners, many unarmed, were killed - nearly all by military police - when they stormed the prison following a riot.

Officials say that most of the dead belong to the Sao Paulo-based First Capital Command (PCC) drug gang.

Hours after the Anisio Jobim prison revolt ended, prisoners at in an adjoining detention center began a riot and attempted to escape.

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Sunday's riot was the deadliest in years.

The guards hired by the company were poorly trained and could be easily bribed due to their low salaries, according to a ministry report on conditions at the prison in 2016. However, they will not be transferred to federal prisons.

According to federal officials, Amazonas state officials knew of plans of a mass escape days before the massacre. "This incident is a repetition in a bigger scale", Da Silva told The Associated Press.

Some 622,000 people were imprisoned in Brazil as of the end of 2014, a lot of them black males, according to a justice ministry report. "With the current economic crisis and the budget cuts, the gangs get even bolder".

"One group is trying to eliminate the other so they can dominate the prison system", said Marluce da Costa Sousa, coordinator of the Amazonas state branch of Pastoral Carceraria - a prisoner advocate group linked to the Catholic church.

Worldwide drug trafficking is a major problem in the northern area of Brazil, where Manaus is located.