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Short Update: Brazilian National Council of Justice calls for prisoner releases as infection rates increase 800%

FairTrialsAdmin - June 16, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

The National Council of Justice (CNJ) has reiterated its recommendation that guides the release of prisoners to avoid mass contamination of COVID-19 in the Brazilian prison system. According to the Council, since March, 32,500 people have been released.  

According to the National Penitentiary Department (DEPEN), Brazil recorded the following numbers as of 16 June:  

  • National prison population: 758,676 people; 

  • Tested and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in prisons: 1,867; 

  • Suspected cases of COVID-19 in the penitentiaries: 664; 

  • Tested and confirmed deaths of COVID-19 in penitentiaries: 47. 

According to the Department of Monitoring and Inspection of the Imprisonment-System and the System of Execution of Socio-educational Measures of the National Council of Justice (DMF/CNJ), the prison units throughout Brazil registered an increase of 99.3% in the cases of contamination of COVID-19 between June and July, with a total of 13,778 cases. 

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