“Ta cheio” means “it’s too full” in Portuguese. It’s what inmates say when visitors enter theprisons where they are detained. Severe overcrowding is, in fact, the most basic problemplaguing Brazil’s penalsystem.The Brazil’s prison population is the fourth biggest in the world, just after the US, China andRussia. But it’s growing faster than any other country’s.While the number of prisoners in those countries has declined over recent years, in Brazil itgrewby 33% between 2008 and 2014 (and 500%+ since 1990).According to the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), there are now around 680,000 people in thecountry’s jails, which were designed to hold around 300,000.The work documents the conditions of hundreds of inmates in several prisons around Brazil,where prisoners do not have the minimum space requirements and spend up to 23 hours of theday, if not all day, in overcrowded cells.
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