Data from the Ministry of Justice show that the prison population in Brazil has grown 270% in the past 15 years, and this has not helped decrease violence. The country has today the third largest number of incarcerated people on the planet and one of the highest rates of homicides and violent crime in the world. In order to revert this scenario, it is essential to transform society’s view regarding this issue. For over a year, the Humanitas360 Institute has been bringing together social organizations, researchers and professionals in the field to create a major project focused in this objective – those gatherings formed a series of workshops entitled “Paradigm Shift: Sentence, Prison and Reintegration”. The fourth installment in the series will happen on August 8th.
One of the projects proposed by the group, and that it is actually at its final stage of completion, is a communications campaign that targets the public at large. As defined by the participants in the last meeting, this campaign must be built from personal stories that reveal the situation of women in prison, not only inmates, but also female prison guards, mothers of detainees, judges and social activists. By revealing the double prejudice that exists towards female inmates – the prejudice against prisoners and chauvinism – the campaign may create an innovative narrative about the theme while avoiding the resistance that the term “human rights” arouses in the debates about criminal justice, while appealing to the empathetic sentiment that the female figure emanates when linked to our mothers, wives, daughters and sisters. The inspiration comes from the book Prisioneiras by Dráuzio Varella, who is one of the participants of the meetings organized by H360.
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