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Behind Bars: The Crisis in Brazil’s Prisons and Criminal Justice

January 26, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Brazil Brown Bag Seminar Series

Speaker: Leonardo Petronilha, Ph.D. in Political Science, Former Executive Coordinator of Human Rights Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro State, Former Special Advisor to the Governor of Rio de Janeiro State.

Description: The lecture aims to discuss the crisis in Brazil’s prisons and the formal protection of human rights in the Brazilian criminal justice system, but also explains why these guarantees remain largely on paper. An understanding of why the Brazilian state appears to violate so many of the human rights that its own laws and Constitution guarantee requires some description of the historical political context in which the relationship between them developed. This took on a critical importance during the transition from dictatorship to democracy and its legacy continues to strongly influence Brazilian society and politics.


January 26, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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