Inmates stand on the roof of the penitentiary in Cascavel, Parana state, Brazil, on August 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MARCELINO DUARTE
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At least 25 inmates died Sunday in clashes between two rival factions in a prison in far northern Brazil, the latest episode of violence shaking the country's underfunded and overcrowded prison system.The bloodshed began when inmates of one wing of the Agricola de Monte Cristo prison broke into another wing.In late May, 14 inmates died in prisons in the northeastern state of Ceara, which led the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to issue a statement expressing their concern over prison violence and urged structural reforms.In a separate incident in September, some 200 inmates rioted and escaped from the overpopulated Jardinopolis prison in Sao Paulo state.
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