The last prisoner on Brazil’s Big Island

Friday August 22, 2014
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The 83 year old Julio de Almeida is the last prisoner on Ilha Grande, near the coast of Rio de Janeiro

Nowadays the island is a popular tourist destination, but for a century it was completely closed off. First it was used to house a leper colony. Later it turned into a top security prison. It was closed in 1994 but Julio still lives there.

He arrived on the island as a 27 year old in 1958.After a lengthy period of incarceration he was given a conditional release to remain on the island – a sentence which finally ends this year. (more…)

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