Brazil Prison Set on Fire, Inmates Escape

NTD Newsroom
By NTD Newsroom
January 24, 2017News

200 inmates escaped from the Prof. Noe de Azevedo prison in Bauru (217 miles from Sao Paulo), Brazil.

The facility was apparently set on fire by inmates.

The riot began at around 8 a.m. local time, and the prisoners took advantage of the confusion to escape.

Police confirmed at least 79 inmates had been recaptured and the situation is now under control.

The prison was designed to hold 1,124 inmates.

It was over capacity with 1,427 prisoners.

According to official data, more than 622,000 adults are behind bars in Brazil.

That’s 67 percent more than the prisons were built to hold.

Since January 1, over 160 prisoners have been killed in a wave of deadly gang clashes across Brazil’s overcrowded prisons.