HomeNewsBriefBrazil Begins Moving Inmates to First Public-Private Prison
BRIEF

Brazil Begins Moving Inmates to First Public-Private Prison

BRAZIL / 18 JAN 2013 BY ELYSSA PACHICO EN

608 inmates are set to be transferred to Brazil's first public-private prison, jointly run by the state and a business consortium, one of the steps the government is taking to reform its troubled penitentiary system, traditionally home to organized crime.

The inmates will be transferred to the Riberao das Neves prison complex by January 18, reports Brazil news organization R7. The prison will eventually house 3,040 male inmates, although none convicted of violent crimes. One of the inmates expected to be moved this week is businessman Marcos Valerio, recently sentenced to 40 years for his involvement in one of Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandals, which badly damaged the image of former President Lula da Silva. The prison is expected to be fully functional by the end of 2013. 

The Riberao das Neves prison complex, based outside Belo Horizonte, Brazil's third-biggest city, is a $137 million project which will be primarily managed by business consortium Prison Managers Associates (Gestores Prisionais Associados - GPA). While the state will provide some funding and will handle aspects of prison security, the day-to-day administration of the prison complex, including providing food, health, and educational services to the inmates, will be handled by the private sector. While there are other prisons in Brazil that are semi-privatized, Riberao das Neves is Brazil's first public-private partnership (PPP) prison. 

InSight Crime Analysis 

For now, it appears as though the Riberao das Neves complex is meant to house white-collar criminals like Valerio, and will thus contribute somewhat to separating Brazil's non-violent offenders from other inmates. The prison will also likely be closely observed by advocates of prison reform, to see if the PPP model could prove to be an effective alternative to how Brazil's overcrowded penitentiaries are currently run. 

Brazil's prison system serves as a breeding ground for organized criminal groups like the First Capital Command (PCC) and the Red Command (Comando Vermelho). These groups use prisons as refuges in order to plan strategy, and run kidnapping, drug trafficking, and extortion schemes.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

ECUADOR / 10 MAY 2022

Ecuador has seen its sixth large-scale prison massacre since the start of 2021, with at least 44 prisoners being killed…

BRAZIL / 6 SEP 2022

Brazil’s anti-contraband operations on the Paraguay border are upsetting Paraguayans and doing little to stop smuggling.

BRAZIL / 28 JUL 2021

A cargo-theft ring in Rio de Janeiro partnered with a drug gang to steal millions of dollars’ worth of goods,…

About InSight Crime

LA ORGANIZACIÓN

Extensive Coverage of our Chronicles of a Cartel Bodyguard

23 SEP 2022

Our recent investigation, A Cartel Bodyguard in Mexico’s 'Hot Land', has received extensive media coverage.

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime, American University Host Illegal Fishing Panel

19 SEP 2022

InSight Crime and the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) at American University discussed the findings of a joint investigation on IUU fishing at a September 9 conference.

THE ORGANIZATION

Impact on the Media Landscape

9 SEP 2022

InSight Crime’s first investigation on the Dominican Republic made an immediate impact on the Dominican media landscape, with major news outlets republishing and reprinting our findings, including in …

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Sharpens Its Skills

2 SEP 2022

Last week, the InSight Crime team gathered for our annual retreat in Colombia, where we discussed our vision and strategy for the next 12 months.  During the week, we also learned how to…

THE ORGANIZATION

Colombia’s Fragile Path to Peace Begins to Take Shape

26 AUG 2022

InSight Crime is charting the progress of President Gustavo Petro’s agenda as he looks to revolutionize Colombia’s security policy, opening dialogue with guerrillas, reforming the military and police, and…