Although some state educational experiences for youth and adults in situations of liberty restriction or deprivation go back a few decades; only in 2005 Brazil starts to see the implementation of proper national policies. In that year, the Ministries of Education and Justice initiated a joint proposal for the implementation of the National Education Program for the Penitentiary System, formulating its guidelines. This article relies on the critical conception of the prison system's role in contemporary society, and analyzes its political and pedagogical perspectives, especially articulating the concepts of right guarantees, public policies, institutional incompleteness and socialization. It also proposes to enforce the discussion on the role of education in the prison system, more precisely on the school located in the prison space.
Youth and adult education; Education in prisons; Socialization