Crime and punishment in Brazil under the spotlight

Crime and punishment in Brazil will be under the spotlight at a special event being hosted by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies later this month.

On 25 January, Leandro Ayres França, of the Universidade Estácio Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, will be talking about how the war on drugs and the criminalisation of poverty have fuelled organised crime and created a chaotic prison situation.

His talk comes at a time of growing crisis in the Brazilian prison system. 

Call for fewer prisoners and prisons, not more staff

'The overwhelming priority is for the Government to take a strategic view and set the path to reduce the number of people in prison over the long term', our Director Richard Garside told the Sunday People over the weekend.

Richard's comments came as the newspaper reported on concerns over a rise in racial violence in prison, and claimed that groups were being set up to target Muslim prisoners.

Richard told the paper:

Truss fires starting gun on new era of prison growth

Today's prisons White Paper marks the beginning of a new era of prison expansion and is the opposite of what is needed, according to our Director Richard Garside. Richard said:

Liz Truss is today firing the starting gun on a new era of prison growth and more punishment. This is the opposite of what is needed.

If the government is sincere in its desire to cut levels of violence, self-harm and suicide in prisons, it should be placing a fall in the number of prisoners and a reduction of prison capacity at the heart of its plans.

Size matters in prison safety

The bigger the prison, the less safe and respectful it is, according to new research published in the latest edition of Prison Service Journal.

The research, based on an assessment of reports from the Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales, found that smaller prisons were seven times more likely to score ’good’ on safety, almost five times more likely to score ’good’ on respect, and over five times more likely to score ’good’ on purposeful activity.

The authors conclude:


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