Legal Exits

This project develops and implements strategies of sensibilization of actors in the criminal justice system, aiming to intervene in changes in culture and hyper-punitive practice, contributing to the reduction of the carceral population and strengthening the State Group for De-incarceration in Rio de Janeiro, among other actions, projects, and initiatives relating to this debate. The project works on three axes: training of justice system actors; research and national mapping of networks of de-incarceration; strengthening of the State Group for De-incarceration.


The project seeks to confront the penal punitivism and the institutional racism on which the justice system is founded, based in punishment and incarceration of those who are, for the most part young, black men who live in the peripheries. It also seeks to combat the common sentiment view of parts of Brazilian society, which believes that imprisonment is the most effective response to the problems of violence and criminality. The project also engages in the search to unite the forces of the various networks, with their diversity of positions, in order to be able to act in coordination with each other, harnessing dialogue, activism, and resistance.


Training (sensibilization) of those who work in the justice system (especially those linked to Custody Hearings) regarding the topic of super-incarceration and aspects connected to mechanisms alternative to imprisonment.

Advocacy locations

Rio de Janeiro, principally, and Brazil in general

Time Period

September 2017 to August 2018


Paula Jardim