Brazil: Brazil prosecutors eye contract corruption at massacre prison

Author(s): Ueslei Marcelino, Alonso Soto | Date: January 6, 2017 | Language: English
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Brazilian prosecutors on Thursday demanded a multi-million dollar private prison contract in Amazonas state be axed due to signs of corruption as the government blamed mismanagement for the country’s bloodiest prison massacre in decades.
Amazonas’ accounting court prosecutor, Carlos Almeida, said he found signs of payment irregularities in a contract the state signed with the Pamas consortium to manage all its prisons, including the Anisio Jobim penitentiary where 56 inmates died in an uprising this week.
The killings have raised questions about whether private companies should be running prisons in Brazil, especially in Amazonas where the inmate population has more than doubled since 2010.
The Pamas consortium, made up of Umanizzare Gestão Prisional e Serviços Ltda and LFG Locaçoes e Serviços Ltda, received about 400 million reais ($125 million) in 2016 to co-manage Amazonas’ prisons, Almeida said.

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