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Psicologia Clínica

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FERRARI, Ilka Franco  and  SIMOES, Vanessa Fusco Nogueira. Female inmates and their children: criminal judicial system in perspective. Psicol. clin. [online]. 2019, vol.31, n.3, pp. 421-437. ISSN 0103-5665.

The idea to write this text came from information acquired during a research entitled "Social bonds of children after prison", which was done studying the criminal justice system of Brazil and Minas Gerais. The research has psychoanalytic reflections in interlocution with the perspective of legal-penal sociology. The work of judges in cases involving women sentenced to prison and their children, who have lived with their mothers some time, is the focus of this research. It contains judges' statements related to crucial points in the subject, in which the actors of the judicial system can be observed. Those statements spread through the ordinary administration of criminal justice, governed by the principle of efficiency and by competence directed towards strict law enforcement. However, these procedures are still far from the particulars that gender differences and the guarantee of the child's fundamental rights entail, in a social reality mainly represented by the complex judicialisation of the relation between mother and child.

Keywords : female inmates; children; justice system; psychoanalysis; legal-penal sociology.

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