Racism and Drug Policy in Brazil - LAESER Discussion Session

Racism and Drug Policy: the management of black bodies by
the Brazilian State

by Evandro Piza (UNB - Visiting at PennPSC)

We analyze the negative effects produced by the Brazilian
judicial system on the black population in the implementation of the drug policy. The responsibility of the judiciary can only be
comprehended when it is articulated with the relations established with the police. We highlight two central mechanisms: a) the interpretative patterns, which maximize the punitive character of the legislation, by using procedural measures of incarceration when incarceration sentences cannot be used; b) the procedural patterns for the evaluation of the evidence produced during the investigation phase, validating information that has been produced illegally or is not supported by evidence. We also discuss the construction of whiteness, racialization, and institutional racism through the analysis of the composition of the Brazilian judicial system, the processes, and the speeches produced by its members.

PIZZA WILL BE SERVED :-)

Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Gordon White Building (GWB), 2.206
210 24TH ST W, Austin, Texas 78705

Event Type

Academics

Departments

College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, General Public

Website

http://sites.utexas.edu/laeser/events/

Cost

Free

Hashtag

#DrugPolicy #LAESER #Brazil #Racism

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