Penal and prison systems
8/7 - 17h BR / 9p.m. UK
According to the Supreme Federal Court, the Brazilian prison system is marked by the existence of an “unconstitutional state of affairs”. This state is characterized by a generalized violation of rights, caused by the inertia or incapacity of the State. Overcrowding and unsanitary conditions in prisons are today the main causes of the proliferation of diseases such as tuberculosis and HIV among the prison population. COVID-19 highlights this scenario, making visible the vulnerability of the system to the deficit of vacancies and the absence of material and human resources. Therefore, Brazil Forum UK proposes to discuss the adoption of more efficient prison policies. Addressing, in particular, the importance of alternative measures to prison and the role of institutions in the criminal justice system in the construction of these urgent reforms.
Moderation: Luis Vilar, University of Oxford | MSc Law and Finance
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Casa do Zezinho is a non-profit organization founded by pedagogue Tia Dag, in 1994. The institution, in the south of São Paulo, currently serves more than 1,000 children and young people aged 6 to 21 years. More than 23,000 people have been served directly at Casa do Zezinho since its foundation.
During the pandemic, the organization mobilized its network of supporters and was able to distribute basic food baskets, hygiene kits, masks, medicines and food dishes to over 9,000 families. However, it remains with an active campaign, as the region where it is located faces great challenges with the social and health impact of COVID-19. Today, there is a waiting list of 10,000 families for the institution’s assistance.
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