Public Defender’s Office: Flagrant Detention Underscores Structural Racism in Rio

The black portion of the population is also more attacked after arrest (40 percent compared to 34.5 percent of whites). The data reflect the racial and social selectivity of the Brazilian criminal justice system.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - An unprecedented survey by the Rio de Janeiro Public Defender's Office shows that eight out of ten prisoners in the state declare themselves black or mixed race. This part of the population is also more attacked (40 percent compared to 34.5 percent of whites) and has greater difficulty in securing provisional release (27.4 percent compared to 30.8 percent of whites).

The data are included in a study released on Tuesday, August 5th, by the body and were debated at 4 PM in the 'Five Years of Custody Hearings' webinar: a look at . . .

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