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    Vol.65/No.9           March 5, 2001 
Prisoners' rebellion in Brazil exposes dismal conditions
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Hundreds are lined up for a strip search at Carandiru prison in São Paulo February 19 after police ended a prisoners' uprising. The rebellion, which started at Carandiru, spread to 29 prisons across São Paulo. Prisoners exposed the dismal living conditions, including overcrowded cells and brutality by guards. Some 110,000 people, about half of Brazil's prison population, are incarcerated statewide. Carandiru, the largest penitentiary in Latin America, was the site of a 1992 massacre where police killed 111 prisoners.

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