In december 2006, the CASA Foundation (Center for the Socio-educational Measures of Adolescents, in Portuguese) was created, replacing the State Foundation for the Minor Welfare (FEBEM, in Portuguese) and becoming the responsible for the socioeducational measures in São Paulo state. The "Tatuapé Complex", in São Paulo city, was one of the most important places of those procedures execution. 17 youth offenders internment unities have worked there until april 2006. The "Complex" was closed. It is still there, within the Center for the Adolescent Documentation (NDA, in Portuguese), a rich documentation which allows the recovery of historical aspects of that institution and of the internment practices since the Children and Adolescent Statute (ECA, in Portuguese) promulgation, in 1990. This project aims at reconstructing details about how the social control institutions concerning youth offenders work, using as its main source the documentation composed by documents and records of adolescents who have been in the internment unities from 1990 to 2006. The overall aims of this project are: first, to establish the socio-economic profile of the adolescents and to characterize the socio-educational procedures enforced, by the statistical analysis of the database; besides, by the qualitative analysis, it aims at characterizing the youth offenders trajectories and the different institutional logics: the police one; the legal one; the technical one etc.. The project intends, therefore, to contibute for a more qualified public debate and for the improvement of public policies concerning this field.
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