Rio's Olympic X-ray machines to be reused in Brazil's jails

Published September 21st, 2016 - 03:17 GMT
Rio's X-ray machines to be reused in jails
Rio's X-ray machines to be reused in jails

X-ray machines and metal detectors used in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games are set to be recycled in jails across Brazil, according to the country's Justice Ministry.

It said scanners with a total value of 44.6 million reais (13.6 million dollars) were due to be moved to jails in the coming weeks.

The state of Sao Paulo alone was set to receive 66 x-ray machines and 170 metal detectors from the Games.

Brazil's jails are notorious for high levels of crime and drugs.

A 2015 Human Rights Watch report on the Brazilian state of Pernambuco found that control in some jails has been effectively handed over to select inmates, who it said use violence and intimidation to run "personal fiefdoms."

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