Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Prison Gangs as a Technology of Conflict

Opinion Piece/Newspaper Article

Benjamin Lessing - CISAC/CDDRL Postdoctoral Fellow

Published by
The Monkey Cage, 02/15/2013

The terror attacks of Winter 2013 that swept across the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil were orchestrated by newly ascendant prison gangs to protest the abuse of inmates by prison guards. Benjamin Lessing, a CDDRL and CISAC post-doctoral fellow, argues that mass arrests should not be the strategy adopted.