Crime and Security in Brazil: Brazil's Pacification Efforts in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro

Shea, Susan C (2015) Crime and Security in Brazil: Brazil's Pacification Efforts in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Carl Jensen from Intelligence and Security Studies, The University of Mississippi.

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The purpose of this research is to study Brazil’s current pacification efforts in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Brazil has long been linked to violent crime, corruption, and increasing social inequality. It features more homicides than any other country on earth: one in ten people killed around the world each year is a Brazilian (Carvalho, 2015). However, in 2008, Rio’s state government began applying a new law enforcement program to rid favelas of gangs and crime before hosting the 2014 FIFA World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Information on the current/future tactics and strategies that Rio will incorporate into its security program are based on interviews conducted with various members of Brazilian law enforcement. By examining existing empirical studies, this study focuses on whether Rio’s security efforts will ultimately be successful in fulfilling the goal of making peace in the favelas and reducing drug trafficking and violence. The results of this study show that Rio’s pacification program will not likely be a solution for long-term stability in the region unless security personnel can incorporate real community policing with favela residents and establish social programs for favela youth.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Shea, Susan C
Student's Degree Program(s): Criminal Justice - Homeland Security; Intelligence and Security Studies; Portuguese
Thesis Advisor: Carl Jensen
Thesis Advisor's Department: Intelligence and Security Studies
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Depositing User: Susan Shea
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 14:40
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 14:40

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