With the world focus on Brazil this decade, it seems right to address their famously high rates of crime. So, here's some stats. As of December 2012, there were 548,003 people in prisons equalling 274 inmates per 100,000 population. Brazil's homicide rate is 25 per every 100,000 people. That's four times higher than the US crime rate. 50% of inmates have never been tried. Recently the National Council on Justice ordered the release of 16,400 prisoners. Corruption costs Brazil almost $41 billion a year alone, with 70% of the country's firms identifying it as a major issue. Brazil is the world's largest market for crack cocaine. Probably don't need to say much more, but it's a fact that personal safety is still very much an issue, and mugging is rife. The famously poor and crime ridden favelas are gradually being cleared, but the problem is being moved "elsewhere". Rio reminds me of New York in the 70s. At some point Rio will be a fabulous and safe city but it's not there yet.

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