NGO blasts Bolsonaro’s plans for already overcrowded prisons

January 17, 2019 GMT
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles during a ceremony where he signed a decree loosening restrictions on owning a firearm at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Before, non-military or police who wanted to own a gun had to justify their interest as part of the process, and now wide categories of people will qualify, like those in rural areas, or urban areas with high levels of homicide, business owners, gun collectors and hunters. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles during a ceremony where he signed a decree loosening restrictions on owning a firearm at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Before, non-military or police who wanted to own a gun had to justify their interest as part of the process, and now wide categories of people will qualify, like those in rural areas, or urban areas with high levels of homicide, business owners, gun collectors and hunters. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles during a ceremony where he signed a decree loosening restrictions on owning a firearm at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Before, non-military or police who wanted to own a gun had to justify their interest as part of the process, and now wide categories of people will qualify, like those in rural areas, or urban areas with high levels of homicide, business owners, gun collectors and hunters. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles during a ceremony where he signed a decree loosening restrictions on owning a firearm at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Before, non-military or police who wanted to own a gun had to justify their interest as part of the process, and now wide categories of people will qualify, like those in rural areas, or urban areas with high levels of homicide, business owners, gun collectors and hunters. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro smiles during a ceremony where he signed a decree loosening restrictions on owning a firearm at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Before, non-military or police who wanted to own a gun had to justify their interest as part of the process, and now wide categories of people will qualify, like those in rural areas, or urban areas with high levels of homicide, business owners, gun collectors and hunters. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over his proposals on prisons and security.

Brazil’s prison population is estimated at 841,000 — double its listed capacity. Bolsonaro has proposed “piling on” yet more prisoners as a solution to budget constraints in the penitentiary system.

The right’s group’s annual report released Thursday also expresses concern over Bolsonaro’s proposals to encourage shoot-to-kill policing tactics. It notes that Rio de Janeiro experienced a record-high 1,444 police killings last year.

The group also criticized Bolsonaro’s proposal to arm women to protect themselves from would-be abusers. It said the idea was “not a serious response” to violence against women.

Latin America’s largest nation leads the world each year in total homicides.