After the failed jailbreak attempt, he was put into a high-security
In May, a three-day riot incited by rival gang violence across four prisons in Manaus left 55 dead.
The hellish violence inside Amazonian prisons is a reflection of the narco-corruption that has infected every strata of society.
In 1980, prisoners overtook the Penitentiary of New Mexico in a deadly 36-hour siege. Today, it offers tours for anyone curious about the fantastic violence that took place there decades earlier.
There's currently a convicted murderer running around on the roof of HMP Strangeways, smashing things in protest. We talked to Alan Lord, who did the same in 1990, about his prison-rioting days.
After years of allegations of abuse and neglect at the facility nicknamed "Ritmo" by inmates, prisoners revolted and burned part of it down.
The UK's prisons are overcrowded, understaffed, and underfunded. And everyone from an ex-con to the former lord chief justice think they're close to boiling over.
After a combined 32 years in jail, mostly for armed robbery offenses, 54-year-old Noel "Razor" Smith is now an author and the assistant editor at 'Inside Time.'