Brazil Learns About Prison Alternatives in the UK

    Brazil’s Minister of Justice, Márcio Thomaz Bastos, said that the cooperation agreement with the United Kingdom to combat money laundering, signed in London, last April 7, will make the process more efficient and productive for both England and Brazil.

    The agreement will facilitate the exchange of information, investigation, and the execution of measures against money laundering, fiscal frauds, and other crimes between the two countries.


    In some cases, it may also be possible to repatriate money from illicit sources before Justice reaches a final decision on the case. “We had several meetings about these subjects. I believe it will be of great help to us in the future,” says the Minister.


    Thomaz Bastos also visited organizations that work with alternatives to prison.


    “We had five or six meetings about this subject, all of them were very productive, and they reveal the need in Brazil to create a culture of alternatives to prison.”


    For the Minister, this is a way of “humanizing” the prison system. “This type of sentence decreases fall backs and is more useful to the society,” he stresses.


    Money laundering is one of the most frequent and sophisticated activities of the organized crime in the whole world. To combat it, Brazil has signed cooperation agreements with several countries, including Colombia, United States, France, and the Member States of the Mercosur.


    Agência Brasil

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