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Friday, 30 January 2015

Photos: Inside Brazil's most violent prison where inmates are beheaded & pregnant women give birth


What life is like inside Brazil's most notorious and dangerous prison, the pictures below reveal.
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At least 75 inmates have died in the Pedrinhas Prison Complex since 2013, National Council of Justice claims.
And three people were brutally beheaded in the complex that year during violent riots which claimed 60 lives.
Heavily armed military police keep a constant and watchful eye on the prisoners homed within the walls in Maranhao state.
However, it is not all men who are detained inside the prison, as it is home to female inmates - some of whom are heavily pregnant.
The pregnant women give birth inside the jail and some of them are allowed to keep their children with them behind bars 

Despite the presence of heavily armed officers, equipped with ballistic shields, shotguns and CS gas, the inmates were able to rampage
During one riot, three inmates were decapitated after two rival gangs broke out of their cells and went on the rampage 
At least 75 inmates have died in Pedrinhas Prison in the Maranhao state in Brazil since 2013, making it one of the most violent on the planet
Military police are forced to patrol the sprawling prison complex, ready with pump-action shotguns, semi-automatic handguns and gas
Justice officials say that more spaces will be needed to cope with the rising number of arrests for even minor drug offences 
The men and the women are kept separate from each other although authorities are unable to prevent all attempts at fraternising 
Brazil has the fourth-largest prison population in the world with around 550,000 people behind bars - when almost 800,000 spaces are needed
Even though the prison is an incredibly violent place, some of the inmates have been granted special privileges such as using art tools
The pregnant women give birth inside the jail and some of them are allowed to keep their children with them behind bars 
Some of the prisoners' art works are displayed on the walls to entertain fellow inmates, although the subject matter is not surprising 
Also, many areas in the prison are covered by CCTV systems, which can alert authorities immediately to any potential problems
As part of the the efforts to reduce tension inside the prison, inmates have been offered special exercise regimes
However, it is not all men who are detained inside the prison, as it is home to female inmates - some of whom are heavily pregnant

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