Prison system will generate 20 thousand new quotas

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The Minister of Justice, Margarita Cabello, announced a crash plan to face overcrowding at police stations, Immediate Reaction Units and detention centers in the country.

"I have spoken with the National Planning Director so that the royalties that go to the departments, districts and municipalities serve to build and maintain centers for syndicates," the official said.

The Minister of Justice and Law, Margarita Cabello, said today that her portfolio is moving forward in a crash plan to face prison overcrowding that affects Police stations, Immediate Reaction Units (URIs) and detention centers, and said that “ in total we will help with about 20 thousand new spaces ”in different areas of the country.

The official, who on Wednesday granted statements to media, reported that the construction of the San Angel prison in Magdalena has already been awarded, which will generate 1,500 quotas.

He also said that the designs for the Riohacha prison were hired, which will represent 1,500 seats, and the lot was already received to build the prison in the municipality of Candelaria (Atlántico), which will provide 5,000 seats. In addition, he indicated that modular structures were contracted that will be built in Cartagena, Santa Marta, Barranquilla and Itagüí (Antioquia) within ten months.

After emphasizing that prison overcrowding is a matter of concern for the National Government, the Minister explained that when a person is captured they are taken to an Immediate Reaction Unit (URI), and from there they are referred to a prison center for syndicates or prosecutors , not for the damned.

In this order of ideas, he referred to article 17 of the Penitentiary Code that “assigns to the territorial entities the function of taking care of the syndicated or prosecuted”. He added that "two judgments of the Constitutional Court confirmed that it was a responsibility of said entities, stating that municipal and district budgets must include items for that purpose."

However, the Minister stressed that since arriving at the Ministry "I have stated that we must work in solidarity" and in this regard said that "I have spoken with the National Planning Director so that the royalties that go to the departments , districts and municipalities serve to build and maintain centers for syndicates ”

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