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FOCUS ON THE BRAZILIAN PENITENTIARY SYSTEM

With more than 750.000 inmates, Brazil holds the third-largest number of inmates in the world (World Prison, 2020), and has over 1,400 jail and prison units. According to figures of the Departamento Penitenciário Nacional (2019), São Paulo concentrates about 1/3 of all prison vacancies in Brazil (147,942), followed by Minas Gerais (41,573), and Rio de Janeiro (31,485).

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