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The Illusion of Peace? Understanding São Paulo's Violence Decline

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  • UserGraham Denyer Willis (University Lecturer in Development and Latin American Studies) and Maria Fernanda Tourinho Peres (Assistant Professor of Epidemiology)
  • ClockTuesday 26 April 2016, 18:00-19:30
  • HouseRoom B3, Institute of Criminology.

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Contrary to many stereotypes, homicide rates have declined dramatically in the state and city of São Paulo, Brazil. From war-time homicide rates in the late 1990s, deaths from homicide have fallen by whopping 74% between 2001 and 2008. There is much debate about what might lie behind this surprising drop. Explanations include better investment in social policies, acceleration of the economy and a reduced share of young people in the population. Alternatively, could better gun control laws and changes in policing explain the new peace? Others suggest that the criminal group, Primeiro Comando da Capital, has gained a temporary monopoly of violence and reduced the need to kill rivals. Two experts will share their views on what lies behind this surprising violence decline in São Paulo and draw potential lessons for policy making.

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