Brazils overcrowded prisons saw massive violence in 2017. Most notable were prison massacres caused by prison gang rivalry.
Police in Brazil say 77 inmates are on the run after escaping amid a riot at a jail in the central state of Goias.
The authorities say nine prisoners were killed and 14 injured when a group of armed inmates invaded a wing controlled by a rival gang. One of the victims was decapitated.
Police say they have regained control of the jail and recaptured 29 of the 106 prisoners who escaped.
Riots are common in Brazilian prisons, which are notoriously overcrowded.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Goiania, Goiás, Brazil
Brazil (BR) is estimated to have a population of 207.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 0.9% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 9.5 million.