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Criminal Groups: The Role of Brazil State in their Development and Legitimation

  • K3.11, Strand Campus Strand London, England United Kingdom (map)

The Brazil Institute invites you to a lecture by Professor Odilza Lines.


Brazilians today witness an increase and strengthening of criminal groups, which in turn has impacted the occurrence of violence. Since the 1980s, as the State continuously weakens and the prison system is continuously neglected, criminal groups have emerged and spread throughout the country as well as neighboring countries, with the aim of profiting from the illicit drug, goods and services market, as well as from other criminal activities. In this presentation, we intend to present an overview of the performance of the main criminal groups and how the Brazilian State has legitimized them through its policies and practices within the scope of social control institutions.


Odilza Lines de Almeida holds a degree in Psychology from the Federal University of Bahia and is currently an Associate Professor at the State University of Southwest of Bahia as well as a Psychologist at the Penitentiary Administration Secretariat of the State of Bahia. She has also been a prison governor for six years. Her Master's degree was received from the Graduate Program in Psychology at the Federal University of Bahia and her doctorate at the Public Health Program, also at UFBA. During her doctorate, she was visiting researcher at the University of Salford, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Christopher Birkbeck. She is the leader of the research group “Studies and Research in Prisons, Violence and Human Rights”.


This talk, part of the King's Brazil Institute Research Seminar Series, will be followed by a Q&A and wine.