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Report: Georgia Prisons Rife With Brutal Violence

A report by a human rights organization finds that violence is on the rise within Georgia's prison system

A report released Wednesday found that Georgia’s prisons are beset with violence that is growing increasingly brutal.

Since 2010, Georgia prisoners have killed 33 other inmates and one officer, the report found. Created by the Southern Center for Human Rights, the report also found that Georgia in 2012 had more homicides in its prisons than some other states, including neighboring Alabama and South Carolina, did in the last 10 years.

That violence, the Center found, is getting worse. Three times as many prisoners were killed in Georgia’s prisons in 2012 than in 2002. According to the report, prisoners in Georgia are often left unsupervised, put in cells with faulty locks and given access to lethal weapons. One prisoner had to be airlifted to a burn center after he had bleach poured into his eyes and boiling water thrown over his face and genitals. Another lost three fingers to a fellow inmate who was in possession of a 19-inch knife at Wilcox State Prison. And just last week, a prisoner at Augusta State Medical Prison died after being stabbed.

Though the report acknowledges violence is a problem in all prisons, it finds that Georgia’s Department of Corrections “has shown a pattern of apathy in the face of security breaches and a failure to respond to known, dangerous conditions.” It also calls on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the problem and find a way to end the escalating violence.

TIME brazil

Brazil Drafts Guide to Surviving A Mugging at the World Cup

Brazil v Japan: Group A - FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013
Security services patrol as protestors gather prior to the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Group A match between Brazil and Japan at National Stadium on June 15, 2013 Scott Heavey—Getty Images

A local newspaper reports that police plan to distribute a brochure at the tournament to soccer fans that includes advice on how to avoid being robbed and tips on how to confront a mugger, like "do not react, scream or argue"

Soccer fans the world over may want to file this under essential summer reading: A brochure, drafted by Brazilian police, on how to survive being mugged at the 2014 World Cup.

Brazilian newspaper Estadao de Sao Paulo reports that police plan to disseminate the brochure to incoming soccer fans at next month’s tournament. It will include tips on how to avoid being robbed, such as tucking valuable jewelry out of sight, and more importantly how to confront a mugger.

“Do not react, scream or argue,” the guide reportedly advises tourists, who may not understand the immediate danger of the situation. Brazil has one of the highest homicide rates in the world, with 25 out of every 100,000 people killed or murdered, according to the U.N.

South African authorities issued similar warnings ahead of the 2010 World Cup, but crime actually fell precipitously during the tournament due to the heavy law enforcement presence. Brazil’s defense ministry is taking a page out of their book — deploying 30,000 troops along the country’s borders and around the grounds of the tournament, which will kick off in 12 cities starting June 12.

[Estadao de Sao Paulo]

TIME homicide

Boy Shoots Sister over Bleached Laundry, Family Says

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Mario Toliver, who family members said shot his sister Justice, fled from the scene

Family members of a 14-year-old boy in Oakland, Calif., are pleading for him to turn himself in to police after he allegedly shot his 17-year-old sister to death Thursday.

Justice Toliver was pronounced dead at the scene after being fatally wounded Thursday afternoon in the apartment she shared with her brother Mario, and their family, police said. Relatives said the boy was angry with his sister for bleaching his clothes. “Whatever it was about it shouldn’t get that serious to pick up a gun and kill his sister,” Gregory Stewart, 25, the siblings’ cousin told the San Jose Mercury News.

The victim was the mother of a 2-year-old child, family members said.

Mario Toliver fled the scene after the shooting and police have been searching for him since.

The victim’s father, Mario Toliver, Sr., spoke to reporters outside the family home, with tears streaming down his face. I’ve been there for them ever since they came out of the womb… I don’t understand, it’s just the streets. The devil is working all the time, devil’s working all the time.”

[San Jose Mercury News]

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