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Clashes in Brazil prisons leave 42 dead

According to the authorities, at least 27 of the victims were in the Antonio Trindade Penal Institute near Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state, where all four prisons are located. The federal government said it was sending reinforcements to boost security in the state’s prisons.

Brazil has the world’s third-largest prison population, with over 7,26,700 inmates as of June 2016, according to official statistics. Along with severe overcrowding, Brazil’s prisons are plagued by gang violence while riots and breakout attempts are quite common. 

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