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MANSUR, Thiago Sandrini; ROSA, Edinete Maria  e  TRINDADE, Zeidi Araujo. Review of scientific literature on the age of criminal majority in Brazil. Temas psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.27, n.1, pp. 113-126. ISSN 1413-389X.

This paper is a review of literature that aimed to describe the main results of scientific studies on the age of criminal majority in Brazil published in three electronic databases: SciELO, LILACS and the Regional Portal of the VHL. From the 57 articles initially found, after screening for the inclusion and exclusion criteria, 11 were effectively analyzed. These were submitted to thematic content analysis. It was identified that the premises of the irregular situation doctrine, although overcome in terms of legislation, remain rooted in institutionalized practices, discourses and representations about adolescents in conflict with the law. However, in the evolution of laws in the world, the tendency seems to be to maintain the age of criminal majority, rather than reduce it. It was concluded that the evidence found, although limited to the criteria of this study, refuted the hypothesis that simply reducing the legal age would be effective in confronting juvenile criminality in the country.

Palavras-chave : Juvenile criminality; criminal majority; criminal liability; criminal responsibility.

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