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Brazil: New Law Creates Single Public Security System

(May 31, 2018) On May 16, 2018, the Brazilian Senate approved a proposal of law that would create the Single Public Security System (Sistema Único de Segurança Pública, SUSP). (Senado Aprova Projeto que Cria Sistema Unico de Segurança; Matéria Vai à Sanção, ISTO E (May 16, 2018).)

The proposed law provides that federal, state, and municipal security agencies would engage in combined operations and share information. Under the proposal, the records of cases and investigations would be standardized and accepted by all SUSP members. If approved, the integrated system is to be coordinated and managed by the Extraordinary Ministry of Public Security. (Id.)

The bill met with opposition from some senators, who criticized the inclusion of the socio-educational system in the Single Public Security System, maintaining that infractions perpetrated by minors are governed by the Statute of the Child and the Adolescent and that the new system does not address the specific developing needs of children and adolescents. Ultimately, however, 41 out of 57 senators voted in favor of the proposal to prevent it from being sent back to the Chamber of Deputies. (Id.)