Life at Brazilian prison where ‘the state has lost control’

For nearly two years, guards didn’t dare enter the cell blocks at the Alcacuz prison in northeastern Brazil. And with good reason. Only about a dozen at a time are supposed to watch some 1,500 inmates, whose gangs are supplied through tunnels that let them bring in guns, knives, cellphones and just about anything else.
The lockup, nicknamed “Swiss cheese” by residents of the surrounding neighbourhood, saw a January 14 riot in which 26 prisoners died – and officials here…

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