Three people are dead after a prison riot in Brazil

Three inmates are dead and fourteen others escaped during a prison riot on Monday in Teofilo Otoni, Brazil.


Authorities reported that one prisoner was burned to death and two others were fatally stabbed by their cellmates but did not give any details as to why the riot occurred.


Brazil houses one quarter of the world’s prison population totaling at least 607,730 inmates, they are only equipped to house roughly 370,000.


The Brazilian Ministry of Justice, Jose Eduardo Cardozo has called the prison conditions in the country “medieval”.


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