Alternatives to imprisonment: the brazilian approach

Brazil has approximately 650,000 people deprived of their liberty in a prison system with a capacity for 481,000 inmates (2023). As overcrowded prisons remain a challenge, the National Justice Council (CNJ), in partnership with the UNDP under the scope of the Fazendo Justiça program, has been working to support the Brazilian State in adopting responses other than incarceration. Among the initiatives, there is a series of exclusive training guides that combine expertise, research, and lessons to achieve best practices on alternatives to imprisonment.


To stimulate international debate and disseminate how Brazil has been addressing this issue, these knowledge products have been fully translated into English. You can access (and share!) all of them through the links below:


📕 Postulates, principles and guidelines for the policy of alternatives to imprisonment in Brazil:


📗 Restorative Justice:


📘 Pre-trial Non-custodial Measures:


📙 Pre-prosecution transaction, Noncustodial sentences, Conditional discharge and Suspended Sentence:


📕 Restraining orders and other liability actions for men who commit violence against women:



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