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A lecture by Leandro Ayres França of the Universidade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, on crime and mass incarceration in Brazil.

About the event

In this lecture, Leandro Ayres França, of the Universidade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, will talk about crime and mass incarceration in Brazil. He will start by offering an account of how the war on drugs, a selective criminalisation of poverty and the lack of effective public policies have contributed to the development of organized crime and a chaotic prison situation.

He will also discuss his recent publication, Marks of Prison, a sweeping analysis of imprisonment in Brazil, taking in everything from prison architecture and religion to drugs, violence and tattoos.

About Leandro Ayres França

Leandro Ayres França is Professor of Criminology, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at Universidade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul and Coordinator of the Contemporaneous Criminologies Study Group. He hosts the radio program Café e Fúria on He has published dozens of books, chapters and articles and lives in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Alternative Criminologies, a collection of critical criminological essays co-edited with Pat Carlen, will be published by Routledge in 2017.

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There is no fee for this event and all are welcome, regardless of income. We are encouraging voluntary donations from those who can afford it to cover the costs of event organisation.

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January 25th, 2017 3:00 PM to  5:00 PM
Centre for Crime and Justice Studies
2 Langley Lane
London, SW8 1GB
United Kingdom
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