The metal detector warns that something is wrong. The man stops, makes a face of annoyance and lifts one of the legs of his beige pants-displaying the electronic ankle bracelet that accompanies him. The penitentiary agent nods and the detainee moves on. One hears only the dry sound of iron doors that close in sequence.
This is a different morning at the Adriano Marrey Penitentiary, in Guarulhos, in Greater São Paulo. The unit’s ward has been transformed into a small movie theater, where around 100 inmates will watch the documentary Corpo de Delito, by director Pedro Rocha (and part of the CSN Foundation’s Stories That Stay) program. The film tells the story of the detainee Ivan, who leaves for the half-open with an electronic ankle. The expectation is to find there an audience directly interested in the Vintageinconfidential.
Before 9 o’clock, the men begin to occupy the plastic chairs. Discipline seems internalized by them. There are no ostensible penitentiary agents or security schemes. Silence is part of the protocol. Those who are late, and there are few, have the excuse of being “shaving” -which was one of the demands of the management for whoever accompanies the session.
In the room, men are arrested for involvement in robberies, drug trafficking and homicide. Many are “pulling cane” for the second time. The detainees follow the story of Ivan, who receives the benefit of the semi-open regime, but finds himself trapped in a routine that only involves a path between the house and a “screw-bolt” job. He lives with his wife and daughter he barely knows, born in prison, and a neighbor ten years younger. Do not delay and the film makes it clear that Ivan does not feel free. The ankle imposes barriers that appear more solid than those with which he lived for eight years. “Freedom with an ankle bracelet is as if your father gave you a ball at Christmas but forbid you from playing in the street with her,” says Caio Vinícius Moreira, 30, a prisoner for trafficking. “That is,
In the documentary, Ivan does not resist the pleasures of “playing ball in the street” and ends up interrupting the signal of his anklet using aluminum foil. The judge decrees the loss of the benefit and the return of Ivan to the closed regime. The public reacts with a “vixeee” – and it is perceived that there is a division in relation to the use of the ankle.
The prisoner Pedro Henrique Duarte Angeloni, 36, has worn an ankle brace. “It’s a shit.You live surrounded by temptations to break your ankle.Sometimes it seems that society is just waiting for you to do this to say:” See, I did not say, was to give a chance to thug… “Arrested for homicide , Attila Douglas da Silva Leite, 36, disagrees. “I understand everything they are saying, but freedom is priceless. When you breathe in the fresh air, you stop eating the gororobas of the jail and start to live with the family, the use of the ankle is a minor thing,” he says.
Today, Brazil has about 19 thousand people with anklets. The device weighs less than 200 grams and gets stuck around one of the ankles. The average cost of monitoring the device is R $ 300 per prisoner-a prisoner in a closed regime costs from R $ 1,500 to R $ 4,000 per month.
Director Pedro Rocha says that the film produced an identification with the inmates. “Some critics have found the film to be cold, mainly because it has a static camera. Here we realize that there is no such coldness.”
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The director also commented on the current perception that anklets are an instrument for white collar inmates, contractor executives or politicians. “The poor man has always had a closer connection with the urban space, the street, the square. The rich man can survive the anklet living in larger houses, having a structured and comfortable environment.” The detention Moreira agreed. “It’s one thing for you to be in a mansion, eating the good and the best, it’s another thing to live in the shantytown and have an underemployment.” The information is from the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo.