Brazil murder record

This item appears on page 18 of the October 2018 issue.

According to the Brazilian Public Security Forum, a research institute based in São Paulo, a record number of 63,880 people were murdered in Brazil in 2017, resulting in a murder rate of 30.8 per 100,000 people. This was 3% higher than the rate in 2016, itself a record.

The state of Rio Grande do Norte, on the northeast coast, had the highest murder rate in the country: 68 murders per 100,000. The second highest was in the northwestern state of Acre, at 63.9. São Paolo, in the south, had the lowest rate, 10.7.