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Living and Surviving Behind Bars: Notes of Incarcerated Women’s Words

In September 2015, the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, University of London, showed Brazil presents the fifth biggest population of imprisoned women (37,380) in the world. In this context, Débora Diniz, a Brazilian anthropologist researcher, gave voices to the women imprisoned in a female penitentiary of Brazilian capital, through the book “Cadeia: Relato sobre mulheres” (“Jail: report about women”). Beyond the numbers, the importance of work is in a sensible, accurate and necessary report of the stories of a throng of abandoned human beings who suffer psychologically, for drugs abstinence, aggression and death threats and worrying about their children, what results in depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, suicide and suicide ideation, among other damages. In this way, the prison shows itself like a machine of abandonment, not capable of transforming, as it should, what especially need the attention of the psychiatry world.


Joao Vitor Candido Pimentel, Cicero Roberto Pinheiro Grangeiro Junior, Gabriel Cabral Alencar dos Santos, Nelio Barreto Vieira, Flaviane Cristine Troglio da Silva and Modesto Leite Rolim Neto

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