Brazilian President Michel Temer on Wednesday authorized the use of Army, Navy and Air Force units in efforts to regain control of the nation’s prisons. A series of prison riots erupted in early January, leading to at least 125 deaths among inmates at penitentiaries in five states, while dozens more escaped during the rioting. In defense of the move, Temer said, “We are taking a bold and unconventional stance.” However, he added that armed forces units will be used mainly to inspect prison facilities and recommend ways of improving conditions for inmates and security for local communities. He also said the units will avoid direct contact with prisoners. The Ministry of Defense said some 1,000 soldiers will be ready for prison inspections within 10 days.
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