Less than half a month into 2017 and 99 inmates in Brazilian prisons have died in riots. Human rights advocates have condemned a circle of violence in Brazil.
Brazilian police have thwarted the country's biggest attempted bank robbery. A gang of 16 people allegedly dug a sophisticated 600-meter tunnel equipped with lights.
A riot in a jail in northern Brazil has left at least 56 dead and resulted in the escape of more than 150 prisoners. This marks the latest clash between the country's two biggest gangs - and the deadliest in years.
SWAT teams have quelled a riot at a prison where an uprising left 26 inmates dead over the weekend. Brazil has been hit by a series of prison revolts that have left some 140 inmates dead since the start of the year.
Brazilian police are still searching for dozens of inmates after the country's latest prison break. More than 150 inmates have been killed in prison riots since the beginning of the year, many of them beheaded by rivals.
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