Rio de Janeiro Racks Up 60K Unsolved Murders

...and that's just in the last 10 years
By Sarah Whitmire,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2011 9:17 AM CDT
View of the Corcovado hill and the Christ the Redeemer statue at sunset during winter's first day in the south hemisphere on June 21, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Looks like we won't be seeing Law & Order: Rio de Janeiro anytime soon. The Brazilian state has racked up 60,000 murders over the last decade that have gone unsolved and unprosecuted. The number came to light as part of a departmental investigation related to a national plan to improve public safety; the survey also found that 24,000 of those victims remain unidentified, the AP reports.

The city of Rio de Janeiro did form a homicide division, but the investigation found that it boosted the murder solution rate only three percentage points, from 11% to 14%. Brazilian police solve a slim 8% of murders country-wide; the US and European countries report a rate closer to 70% or 80%. (Read more Brazil stories.)

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