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Lorenn Walker, Andrew Johnson & Katherine van Wormer

In: Restorative Justice Today: Practical Applications

Chapter 17: Brazil's Restorative Prisons

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Brazil's Restorative Prisons
Brazil's restorative prisons
LorennWalker, AndrewJohnson, and Katherinevan Wormer

Brazil imprisons thousands, but a small percentage of fortunate people are imprisoned in APAC (Association for the Protection of the Condemned) prisons, where they are treated with respect and trust. This chapter describes the work of volunteers from a Catholic Church community association that helps administer the prisons in collaboration with the recuperandos (“people in the process of recuperating” aka inmates). Select recuperandos have the keys to the cells and prison. No governmental or other correctional officers work at the APAC prisons. Walker, who spent two days, including a night at a men's APAC prison, and Andrew Johnson, a PhD student who spent several weeks at an APAC prison, and Katherine van Wormer describe this remarkable ...

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