Severe overcrowding is perhaps the most basic problem plaguing Brazil’s penal system.
The Brazil’s prison population is the fourth biggest in the world, and is growing faster than any other country. According to the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), there are now around 680,000 people in the country’s jails, which are designed to hold 300,000. A decade ago, Brazil had around 270,000 people in custody. Moreover, out of the total number of prisoners, roughly 40 percent were sent to prison before being properly judged.
These photographs were taken inside several imprisonment facilities in the Parana and Para states, respectively in the southeast and northeast of Brazil, where inmates were subjected to a closed imprisonment regime, in which the jail time is enforced in a prison cell.