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Brazil’s Congress Restarts Discussion of Lowering Age for Criminal Responsibility

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – After more than twenty years of discussions, the issue of reducing the onset of criminal responsibility from eighteen to sixteen years of age is once again in the forefront of Congressional debates.

On Thursday, the Senate’s Constitution, Justice and Citizenship Commission (CCJ) will hear experts on the proposal to reduce the age of criminality in Brazil in cases of heinous crimes, felony manslaughter, and bodily injury followed by death. The proposal was approved by Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies in 2015.

The CCJ debate comes two days after a . . .

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