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Support for reducing the age of criminal responsibility to 16 in serious crimes grows in Brazil

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According Folha de S.Paulo newspaper new Datafolha survey shows that support for the project to reduce the age of criminal responsibility in Brazil from 18 to 16 only in cases of serious crimes, such as homicide, increased from 26% in 2015 to 36% in 2017.

The support of Brazilians is still huge (84%) for the project to reduce the age at which a citizen can be held accountable for a crime. However, that number has increased from 26% in 2015 to 36% of those who accept the measure in cases of serious crimes.

The option for selective reduction is requested in the proposed constitutional amendment currently in the Brazilian Congress – however, the procedures have not progressed since March 2017.

Members of the Technology Congress can vote this year; However, it is very unlikely to occur when the country is starting an election period. Even with the support of the people, congressmen often avoid controversial projects while campaigning.

There are differences according to the ideological bias of those interviewed. Voters of candidates Jair Bolsonaro (95%) and Geraldo Alckmin (91%) tend to agree on reducing the age of criminal responsibility, while the project has less support among voters of Lula da Silva (79%).