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SNAI seeks to reintegrate 5,700 prisoners into the labor market

Published on July 18, 2022

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Update to: Instead of rehabilitation centers Penitentiary Commission finds a corrupted prison system

Published: Volume 6, Issue 40

According to the head of the SNAI, Pablo Ramírez, 350 prisoners of different nationalities have returned to their countries of origin.

 The National Comprehensive Care Service for Adults Deprived of Liberty and Adolescent Offenders (SNAI) is working to reduce prison overcrowding and promoting the reintegration of prisoners into the labor market.

This is being done as part of the public policy of the social rehabilitation system with a focus on human rights.

Pablo Ramírez, head of the SNAI, stated that last week he signed an agreement with the Ministry of Labor for the reintegration of 5,700 prisoners into society. These are prisoners who are in a ‘semi-open’ classification.

He said that the purpose is that “they join the public job market and have this opportunity.”

Ramírez also referred to the reduction in prison overcrowding, which according to his figures went from 26.75% to 8%; part of this reduction is due to the transfer of foreign prisoners to their countries of origin.

So far, 350 foreign prisoners have returned to their countries, of these 220 are from Colombia. The delivery of 250 more to different nations, including Europe, is expected.

Regarding the prison census, Ramírez said that the first phase will start in August and the results are expected to be analyzed next November.

Ramírez added that SNAI allocated $30 million to acquire technology equipment, such as identification scanners, which will allow better prison control. The SNAI will prioritize their placement in centers with 45% of the prison population.


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