SAO PAULO Jan 5 Brazilian Justice Minister
Alexandre Moraes said Thursday the government would increase
cooperation with neighboring drug-producing countries in a bid
to slow the flow of narcotics and arms across its border.
Moraes was giving details about the government efforts to
create a new national security plan just days after the
country's worst prison uprising in two decades resulted in the
deaths of 56 inmates at the hands of fellow prisoners.
The minister said the government would build five new
maximum-security federal prisons - more than doubling the
current number - and release funds to improve Brazil's woeful
penitentiary system. Moraes also called for reforms to laws that
put non-violent offenders in prisons for long periods, adding to
(Reporting by Brad Brooks; Editing by Bill Trott)