Brazil’s Gun Violence Problem Is ‘Made in Brazil’/ Robert Muggah

Rio de Janeiro´s famously laid-back residents are in a state of panic. A string of high profile knifings in well-heeled areas of the city are putting Cariocas on edge. The recent stabbing of a doctor inspired the drafting of new legislation to control knives. Though well intentioned, this effort is misguided.

It is not so much knives, but rather handguns that are doing the most damage. Revolvers and pistols were responsible for 42,416 of Brazil´s jaw-dropping 56,337 murders in 2012. Across the country, gun-related homicide has increased by 387% since the 1980s. Simply put, guns are more lethal than bladed weapons. SEE MORE…

Brazil’s prison system faces ‘profound deterioration’ if youth crime law passes

Brazil’s justice minister has described his country’s violent and overcrowded prison system as “terrible” and warned that it will only get worse if congress votes this week to lower the age of criminal responsibility.

José Eduardo Cardozo ordered the early publication of a justice ministry report on prison overcrowding ahead of a vote on Tuesday over legislation which would reduce the age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 for serious offences involving violence.

The new statistics show that Brazil’s prison population has doubled in the last 10 years and now contains more than 220,000 inmates over its capacity. Lowering the age of criminal responibility will add up to 40,000 more inmates to the system, Cardozo said. SEE MORE…

Brazil: Great read in Brazil’s slums, residents band together to protest Police shootings / Vincent Bevins 

It was Holy Thursday, and Udson Freitas was sitting on the balcony of his small house in the Complexo do Alemao favela when a girl ran onto his street below, screaming.

“They killed my brother! They killed my brother!”

Freitas ran down his steps, and was shocked to see that it was 14-year-old Ana Ferreira, who lived just up the hill from him. It couldn’t be possible, he thought. Her brother, Eduardo de Jesus Ferreira, was 10.

Hysterical, Ana said that Rio’s military police had shot Eduardo in the head.

It would have been far from the first time that Brazilian police, who are in a state of war with drug gangs here, had killed an unarmed resident since the military police began occupying the favela complex in 2010 as part of a “pacification” program in the slums. Just the day before, 41-year-old Elisabeth Alves had been shot in her home. SEE  MORE…

Brasil: Revista Brasileira de Segurança Pública. 16ª Edição / Fórum Brasileiro de Segurança Pública

Publicada semestralmente desde 2007, a Revista Brasileira de Segurança Pública é um espaço para policiais, acadêmicos e especialistas no assunto exporem seus pontos de vista por meio de artigos, resenhas e entrevistas.

Está disponível gratuitamente para download neste site.A 16ª edição da Revista Brasileira de Segurança Pública traz interessante dossiê, intitulado “Ensaios da mudança em polícias de países lusófonos”, que reúne uma série de artigos produzidos sobre contextos brasileiros, portugueses e africanos. Na seção de artigos e notas técnicas, destacam-se trabalhos sobre a percepção do trabalho policial, sobre novos modelos de policiamento – com destaque para o Estado de Santa Catarina -, além de uma análise sobre os homicídios no Distrito Federal e de uma inovadora proposta de construção de uma Escala de Atitudes diante da Delinquência. MAIS…

 

Colombia: Medellín: drogas, calles y crimen / Carlos Alberto Giraldo Monsalve

La muerte de un menor de 10 años en una favela de Río de Janeiro, alcanzado por una bala policial, sirvió de alarma hace diez días para cuestionar el modelo de seguridad de aquella ciudad, que está a 16 meses de celebrar los Juegos Olímpicos 2016.

En las barriadas de las laderas cariocas, donde habitan unas 350.000 personas, fueron insertadas desde 2008 las Unidades de Policía Pacificadora (UPP). Una mezcla de comandos de gran operatividad y choque que, tras desalojar a los expendedores y casas de vicio, pasaban a convertirse en una fuerza amiga y cercana a las comunidades.

Pero ahora revive la polémica sobre su eficacia porque la violencia de los choques entre la policía y los narcotraficantes barriales se reactivó. Un análisis del periódico El País observa que la gente un día sufre las balas oficiales y al siguiente el plomo de los criminales. Las hostilidades son el pan de cada día. VER MÁS…

Brazil: Some Inmates Get Therapy With Hallucinogenic Tea / Simon Romero March

As the night sky enveloped this outpost in Brazil’s Amazon basin, the ceremony at the open-air temple began simply enough.

Dozens of adults and children, all clad in white, stood in a line. A holy man handed each a cup of ayahuasca, a muddy-looking hallucinogenic brew. They gulped it down; some vomited. Hymns were sung. More ayahuasca was consumed. By midnight, the congregants seemed strangely energized. Then the dancing began.

Such rituals are a fixture across the Amazon, where ayahuasca has been consumed for centuries and entire religions have coalesced around the psychedelic concoction. But the ceremony one night this month was different: Among those imbibing from the holy man’s decanter were prison inmates, convicted of crimes such as murder, kidnapping and rape. SEE MORE…

Brasil: Desafios da segurança: integrar as polícias e os dados criminais/ Afonso Benites

Um sistema que reúne milhares de informações criminais desencontradas. Estados que consultam os dados de outras unidades da federação, mas não fornecem os seus próprios. Assim são os complexos sistemas de informação coordenados pelo Governo federal. Essa falta de comunicação entre bancos de dados resulta em um problema maior: muitos dos crimes cometidos em Pernambuco são desconhecidos no Rio de Janeiro ou em qualquer uma das outras 25 unidades da federação, por exemplo. Assim, um ladrão de bancos com um mandado de prisão no Recife pode passar incólume em uma blitz policial no Rio e vice-versa.  MAIS…

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