In Brazil, loved ones may be far away but remain supportive
In the largest prison in the state of Minas Gerais, female prisoners receive all sorts of support. This help is dependent on the relationships that the women maintained on the outside before their incarceration and is complemented by inmates’ web of support.
The relationship between life on the inside and outside is of central importance in understanding how detention is organised in Brazil. It is even a matter of survival, both physical and emotional. What is the relationship of female prisoners with the outside world? Is it one of support, restructuring, abandonment? Ludmila Ribeiro, a sociologist, and Natália Martino, a doctoral student in political science, are both researchers at the Centre for crime and public safety studies (Centro de estudos de criminalidade e segurança pública, CRISP) at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).
They took an interest in the lives of women serving time in Belo Horizonte (in the state of Minas Gerais). Prison Insider asked them three questions.