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Prevention to Torture and Mean, Inhuman, or Humiliating Treatments in the Penitentiary System (BR0091)



Action Plan: Brazil National Action Plan 2016-2018

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Justice and Citizenship

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Justice and Citizenship National Justice Council Ombudsman of Public Defender's Office of the State of São Paulo, Torture Prevention and Combat National Mechanism (MNPCT) University of Brasília Correctional Pastoral Association of Judges for Democracy (AJD) Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Capacity Building, Human Rights, Justice, Open Data, Open Justice, Policing & Corrections, Private Sector, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Brazil Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation , Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Lead government institution Ministry of Justice and Citizenship Civil servant in charge for implementing at lead government institution Maria Gabriela Viana Peixoto Position - Department General Ombudsman/Ombudsman DEPEN E-mail Telephone 55 61 20253602 Other involved actors Government Ministry of Justice and Citizenship National Justice Council Ombudsman of Public Defender's Office of the State of São Paulo Civil society, private sector, group of workers and multilateral actors Torture Prevention and Combat National Mechanism (MNPCT) University of Brasília Correctional Pastoral Association of Judges for Democracy (AJD) Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT) Status quo or problem/issue to be addressed Need to qualify permanent channels of social participation, as to structure data gathering, its management and organization and information about inputs, documents, contracts and criminal services of the Brazilian Penitentiary System Main objective To improve transparency mechanisms, access to information and legal reporting about the Brazilian prisional system, by transparency coordinated actions, and other open government policies Commitment short description Improvement on the tasks of collecting, organizing and dealing with data and information about the Brazilian prisional system, in order to have good material for an effective social participation OGP Challenge addressed by the Commitment Improving Public Services Increasing public integrity More effective public resources management Increasing Corporate Accountability Commitment relevance Ensure public access to information and safeguard basic rights Goal National database available, produced from inspections carried out by various actors at the correctional system

IRM Midterm Status Summary

8. Prevention to Torture and Mean, Inhuman, or Humiliating Treatments in the Penitentiary System

Commitment Text:

Implement a unified and open format computerized prison inspection system, ensuring civil society participation in its development and management

The commitment seeks to essentially provide an open format national data base that is generated from inspections carried out by several actors in the prison system, which promotes an improvement in the work of collecting, managing and organizing data and information on the national penitentiary system and that can be able to provide quality subsides for an effective social participation.

8.1 – Key players mapping and workgroup stakeholders´ establishment

8.2 – Workgroup establishment, with the assignment of defining a standardized form and inspection report database, taking into account institutional particularities

8.3 – Public consultation promoting on the form fields

8.4 – Enhancement development and implementation

8.5 – Launch System

8.6 – Mobilization, and other organizations engagement, in order to integrate the system

8.7 – Training institution on inspections

Responsible institution: Ministry of Justice and Citizenship

Supporting institutions: National Justice Council, Ombudsman of Public Defender's Office of the State of São Paulo, Torture Prevention and Combat National Mechanism (MNPCT), University of Brasília

Correctional Pastoral, Association of Judges for Democracy (AJD), Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)

Start date: December 2016.. End date: November 2018

Context and Objectives

The penitentiary system in Brazil lacks a centralized, updated, and coherent data system. The commitment aims to implement an integrated, open-format, computerized prison inspection system. The commitment also calls for civil society participation in the system’s development and management. The system will be capable of permanently collecting, managing, and organizing data of the Brazilian Penitentiary System related to inputs, documents, contracts, and criminal services.

Brazil has the fourth largest incarcerated population in the world, with more than 600,000 prisoners, mostly coming from vulnerable populations.[1] Many levels of the prison system, however, lack good data for policy analysis. Civil society organizations referred to the system as a 'black box' policy problem.[2] The commitment aims to gather existing information from inspections conducted inside the prison system. Once categorized and analyzed, the information can be used to shed light on policy issues.

The commitment’s level of specificity is high. The rating reflects the clarity of the key deliverable: the launch of a data system that will integrate penitentiary information in open data format. While the specifics of the data system are unclear, the government outlines a series of cumulative milestones through which the portal will be designed. The government will collaborate with civil society organizations on the design. Steps include the mapping of key players in this field, the establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group, and a public consultation on the portal’s data fields.

The commitment aims to address the OGP value of access to information, with the aid of technology and innovation (i.e., by launching datasets in an open data portal). It also addresses the value of civic participation, with the role of civil society in developing the data portal.

The commitment has a transformative potential impact because it addresses a national priority and responds to a major demand of civil society organizations. The Brazilian penitentiary system has historically suffered from issues such as overcrowding,[3] mismanagement, criminal activity, and poor health conditions.[4] In January 2017 alone, more than 100 prisoners died as a result of violence between criminal factions.[5] In 2017, a member of the National Justice Council reported that there were about 660,000 prisoners in Brazil, despite prisons having a capacity of only about 400,000.[6] The nongovernmental organization Conectas Human Rights also noted that citizens in Brazil are six times more likely to die in prison than if they were not incarcerated.[7]

In response to these issues, civil society has consistently demanded greater transparency in and oversight of the prison system. According to the Brazilian Public Security Forum, 'even today the quality of the data produced leaves much to be desired and reveals little of the reality of the Brazilian prison system.'[8] Civil society groups have also noted the absence of information about female prisoners specifically,[9] as well as a scarcity of data on public spending in this sector.[10] In this context, an open data portal with standardized information about the penitentiary system, designed in collaboration with civil society, has the potential to transform business-as-usual practices.


There is limited progress on this commitment.

Milestones 8.1-8.4 have begun, but with limited progress. The government mapped key players to form a working group (milestone 8.1). Those key players currently reflect the composition of the commitment’s monitoring group.[11] However, the government did not create the working group (milestone 8.2). Representatives from the government (Victor Martins Pimenta) and civil society (Neide de Sordi) confirmed this.

The government submitted a document with data collection filters for public consultation (milestone 8.3). The Ministry of Justice emailed the document to those following the commitment implementation. The civil society organization interviewee, Neide de Sordi, confirmed having received the information. However, according to Sordi, the consultation method was limited, and the document did not garner much feedback. Sordi noted that the submitted feedback has not been addressed with structured government feedback. The IRM researcher confirmed that the material had not been published yet.

As for the development and implementation of the system (milestone 8.4), the government published a call for proposals in September 2017[12] to select and coordinate the civil society organization that will help implement this activity. The proposal offers high compensation (BRL 600,000) and is aligned with the commitment milestones and delivery dates. The action plan stipulated mid-December as the estimated date of conclusion for the selection.

The other milestones (8.5-8.7) have not been started yet.

The first three milestones were expected to be delivered by October 2017, which puts the commitment behind schedule.

Early Results (if any)

The expected results of the commitment include improved public services, increased public integrity, more effective public resource management, and increased accountability. Given the current state of the penitentiary system, the production of open data as envisioned by the commitment could be transformative. However, due to the limited completion of the commitment, there are no results so far.

Next Steps

After the commitment is implemented, a possible next step would be to use the data for public accountability, particularly in collaboration with civil society organizations. The government could establish a channel through which citizens can request responses, explanations, or consequences from government. Conectas Human Rights argues that if this were to happen, the accountability could reduce torture levels in the penitentiary system. The organization states such a measure could also reduce illegal provisional incarceration, increase access to justice, and enhance protection of vulnerable groups, including female and other gender prisoners.[13]

[1] 'Os números do cárcere,' Conectas Direitos Humanos, 5 February 2016

[3] Johnnatan Reges Viana, 'A Crise do Sistema Carcerário Brasileiro,' Ámbito Jurídico 15, no. 104 (2012),

[4] Luis Barrucho and Luciana Barros, '5 Problemas Crônicos Das Prisões Brasileiras – e como Estão Sendo Solucionados ao Redor do Mundo,' BBC, 9 January 2017,

[5] 'Entenda a Crise no Sistema Prisional Brasileiro,' EBC Agências, 24 January 2017,

[6] 'Sistema Carcerário é Doente e Mata, diz Rogério Nascimento, do CNJ,' National Justice Council, 17 August 2017,

[7] Rafael Custódio and Vivian Calderoni, 'Penas e Mortes no Sistema Prisional Brasileiro,' Criminal Justice Network Newsletter no. 8 (January 2016),

[8] Samira Bueno, 'Transparência para Transformar,' Criminal Justice Network Newsletter no. 8 (January 2016),

[9] Raquel da Cruz Lima, Anderson Lobo da Fonseca, and Felipe Eduardo Lazaro Braga, 'O Silêncio Eloquente sobre as Mulheres no Levantamento Nacional de Informações Penitenciárias,' Criminal Justice Network Newsletter no. 8 (January 2016),

[10] 'Falta Transparência em Custos do Sistema Carcerário no Brasil,' University of São Paulo Newspaper, 18 July 2016,

[11] Open Government Partnership, Memoria de Reuniao—Compromisso 8,

[12] 'Depen Launches Public Call Notice for Innovation and Data Entry in Prison Inspections,' Ministry of Justice, Brazil Federal Government,


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