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Old problems and old solutions:  an analysis of Rio de Janeiro’s public safety policy and its impact  on urban violenc

The paper examines the trajectory of public safety policies in general, and of military policing programs in particular, in the city of Rio de Janeiro from 1983 to 2011. A close reading of these practices reveals that the programs have not had their substance altered since the beginning of the 1980s. In other words, although the actions are presented as innovative in the area public safety, they are, in fact, a rereading of the programs developed at the time of the democratic reopening. Thus, the paper argues that urban violence problems experienced in Rio de Janeiro nowadays are directly associated both to the ineptitude of the public safety policies and to the indiscriminate use of force by police authorities. Furthermore, these specific public safety policies under analysis clearly contributed to the perpetuation and incitement of the condition on insecurity in the city.