In a shocking incident, on Monday, hundreds of prisoners escaped from four Brazilian jails. It is just the day before their day-release rights were due to be cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak, state prison authorities in Sao Paulo and local media reported.
The state prison authority in Sao Paulo states it couldn’t say how many prisoners flee because it is “still counting the exact number of fugitives.” Local media states that as many as 1,000 escape from four prisons-Mongagua, Tremembe, Porto Feliz and Mirandopolis-ahead of the lockdown.
A video went viral on social media revealing a long line of inmates reportedly escaping a prison. The validity or location of the video is under check by Reuters. The Sao Paulo state prison board said “acts of insubordination” had occurred in the prisons ahead of day-release program’s termination.
The suspension is appropriate, he states since 34,000 convicts would come back to jail. Also, “will have a high ability to spread and transmit the coronavirus in a vulnerable community. They create health hazards for servers and custodians.”
The state of São Paulo is home to First Capital Command. It is the most powerful prison gang in Brazil, which is rapidly spreading across the world and in neighbouring nations. It is trafficking in firearms, narcotics, and other contraband. Overcrowded prisons in Brazil frequently see deadly violence between rival gangs.