Ministry of Justice warns that the prison system will not be privatized

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Néstor Osuna recalled that the national government strongly supports the legislative act that allows adult and recreational use of cannabis, which he wants to decriminalize

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 Ministry of Justice warns that the penitentiary system will not be privatized

On November 21, the Constitutional Court summoned a technical session to various State entities at the national and territorial level, with the purpose of resolving the State of Unconstitutional Things (ECI), 2020 REUTERS/

In the last few hours, the Minister of Justice Néstor Osunaconfirmed that the National Government does not intend to privatize the country's prison system, nor its surveillance “since it is incompatible with the prison infrastructure and the custody of prisons falls under the responsibility of INPEC.”

In the words of the head of the Justice portfolio, “there is a privatization model that we are not betting on, for the moment there will continue to be a prison service provided by the State,” he said Osuna.

It should be noted that on November 21, the Constitutional Court summoned several national and territorial State entities to a technical session, in order to resolve the Unconstitutional State of Affairs (ECI), and evaluate the different administrative, regulatory or budgetary problems that affect the rights of the population deprived of liberty.

It should be added that on September 29 Cristina Pardo Schlesinger, < /b>President of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, pointed out that the governments have not put everything necessary to overcome the Unconstitutional State of Affairs in terms of overcrowding in prisons and URI.

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This same Saturday, Néstor Osuna confirmed that the Government of Gustavo Petrohopes to turn around the country's drug policy and assured that:

“The Government of Change has the idea of ​​regrouping all drug policy in a council that includes all dependencies and dispersed powers, which allows for a focus on trade, agriculture and public health for problematic consumption.”

During his participation in the talk 'Cannabis, the plant that mutates ', which took place in the Hugo Salazar García auditorium of the University of Manizales, the head of the Justice portfolio recalled that the National Government strongly supports the legislative act that allows adult and recreational use of cannabis, which he wants to decriminalize.

“While that happens, with the ministries of Health and Agriculture we have the political will to review the costs to promote a faster issuance of licenses, less difficult and with fewer obstacles,” he noted.

The minister assured that the problem surrounding cannabis and the coca leaf is cultural, fear, prejudice and ignorance, and that beyond economic arguments and scientific evidence, there is a commitment to individual freedom.

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He also recalled that since 1997 the Constitutional Court, in a ruling with a presentation by then magistrate Carlos Gaviria, decriminalized drug use on this grounds.

“We live in a State that trusts individual autonomy and that knows that each person has the moral autonomy and the knowledge to know what is good for them and what is not,” he said, adding “that what must be fought is the argument of fear and criminalization, which, unfortunately, gives political returns”.

The head of the Justice portfolio stated, however, that there is a concern that must be taken seriously: the Excessive and uncontrolled consumption of cannabis, just like tobacco or alcohol, causes damage to health.

“For this reason, the regulation of the use of adult cannabis must be accompanied by sound, convincing and efficient public health policies to avoid ar and solve the problems of problematic consumption”, concluded the official.