Tensions are riding high in prisons across the South American nation after riots and fights between rival gangs turned deadly.
The Brazilian prison system is chaotic and violent. Punishment is still seen by Brazilian society as a form of revenge. The indifference, omission, or even the consent of society and public officials with the barbarism that exists in the prison system are the principal barriers to its transformation. The list of atrocities committed within the system is enormous. Some of these include murder, decapitation, overcrowding, torture, unwarrantable hygiene conditions and searches of visiting relatives, are subjected to humiliating searches. These often include stripping off all clothes and crouching over a mirror to prove that they are not carrying drugs or other objects internally.