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Santiago, April 24, 2018

The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions.

The book is an invitation to redefine the current system in order to move towards an adversarial and oral justice system.

The new publication is available online at https://bit.ly/2HVOLEt


JSCA presents the second volume in the series Challenging the Inquisition: Ideas and Proposals for Criminal Procedure Reform in Brazil. The Portuguese-language publication is one of the results of the Brazilian Training Program on Criminal Procedure Reform, which JSCA executed with various Brazilian institutions. It brings together ideas from various criminal justice system stakeholders, contextualizing the situation of Brazil within Latin American justice systems and identifying steps that the country could take. Brazil is the only nation in the region that maintains an inquisitorial criminal justice system rather than an adversarial one. 

The book, which was coordinated by JSCA researcher Paula Ballesteros, contains 218 pages and is organized around four major topics: the use of oral procedures in criminal justice systems; hearing-based criminal justice systems; the use of pretrial detention; and strategic criminal prosecution. JSCA Training Director Leonel González, who also directed the publication, said that both the book and the training program seek to question firmly rooted ideas in the Brazilian criminal justice system and reinterpret practices in an effort to strengthen the use of oral procedures in a 75-year-old system.

The authors of the articles featured in the book include members of Brazil’s criminal justice system, including Ana Carolina Filippon Stein, André Rocha Sampaio, Camila Ribeiro Hernandes, Eliana Bloizi, Jéssica Freitas, Joane Marcelle de Oliveira e Silva, Lorena Machado, Lucas P. Carapiá Rios, Luiz Gabriel Batista Neves, Mariana Pacheco de Figueiredo, Marina Cerqueira, Moacyr Leonardo Coimbra Mendes, Renato Sigisfried Sigismund Schindler Filho, Rodrigo Oliveira de Camargo, Rosimeire Ventura Leite, Saulo Murilo de Oliveira Mattos and Vinicius Assumpção.

At the presentation of the book, González invited audience members to share the ideas and reflections contained in the publication in the daily operation of Brazil’s criminal justice system. “We can’t forget that these discussions are not only a theoretical exchange, but they seek to deconstruct a firmly rooted cultural model that generates inequalities and arbitrariness in the exercise of punitive power. Our main task is changing that reality.” 

The second training program began on April 2 in Salvador de Bahia. It continues this week in Curitiba and will be repeated May 21-24 in Fortaleza. There will subsequently be an international phase held in Santiago de Chile in September 2018 during which students who participated in the Brazil events can learn about the country’s reformed criminal justice system.

The new publication is available online at  https://bit.ly/2HVOLEt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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