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134 Brazilian prisoners escape in two jailbreaks

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15:29, November 28, 2011

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Some 134 prisoners, including 114 dangerous ones, escaped in two separate jailbreaks in Brazil at the weekend, police officials said Sunday.

A group of 52 prisoners escaped from a police complex in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia on Sunday morning, At least 10 were recaptured later.

In a separate jailbreak, 82 prisoners escaped from a correction facility in Barreiras, a remote area in Bahia, early Saturday during heavy rain.

Brazilian prisons are infamously over-crowded and poor conditions often lead to violent revolts and escape attempts, according to local non-governmental organizations campaigning for better prison conditions.

The Salvador facility was built for 32 inmates but held 77 at the time of the escape. Another one kept 172 prisoners even though it was built with a capacity to hold only 28 prisoners.

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