134 Brazilian prisoners escape in two jailbreaks

November 28th, 2011 - 1:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Rio de Janeiro, Nov 28 (IANS) Some 134 prisoners escaped in two separate jailbreaks in Brazil over the weekend, police officials said Sunday.

A group of 52 prisoners escaped from a police complex in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia Sunday morning. At least 10 were recaptured later, reported Xinhua.

In a separate jailbreak, 82 prisoners escaped from a correction facility in Barreiras, a remote area also in Bahia, early Saturday during heavy rain.

Brazilian prisons are infamously over-crowded and poor conditions often lead to revolts and escape attempts, according to local non-governmental organisations campaigning for better prison conditions.

The Salvador facility was built for 32 inmates but held 77 at the time of the escape. Another one kept 172 prisoners even though it was built with a capacity to hold only 28 prisoners.

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