The Ministry of Justice announces that in March 2023 the penitentiary system reform project will be filed

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According to Néstor Osuna, head of this portfolio, the bill will focus on three aspects: rational use of prison, more resocialization and the reparation based on restorative justice

Ministry of Justice announces that In March 2023, the penitentiary system reform project will be filed

In the image, a prisoner in the Jamundí prison, Valle del Cauca. PHOTO: Archive

This Tuesday, November 8, the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna; the director of the Penitentiary and Prison Services Unit (Uspec), Andrés Ernesto Díaz, and the director of Inpec, Colonel Daniel Fernando Gutiérrez Rojas, to a political control debate on the critical situation in the country's prisons and the prison system.

One of the issues mentioned in greater depth was the overcrowding of a good part of the penitentiary centers and the Immediate Reaction Units. In fact, a case that alerted the Judicial Branch was the crime against Juan Pablo González, who would have sexually abused the minor Hilary Castroat a TransMilenio station. According to the autopsy, he was killed by other detainees who were in that cell, and according to the director of the Metropolitan Police, there were around 80.

Furthermore, Police, improvised warehouses and the same URI record an overcrowding of up to 170%. The Minister of Justice responded to this that there are currently 97,300 people deprived of their liberty in detention centers guarded by the Inpec; 22,319 are in police stations and 71,185 are housed in jail. In turn, 1,561 people are in Immediate Reaction Units and 2,900 have been confined in prisons of territorial entities for a total of 195,265 detainees.

Given this panorama, Minister Osuna said that This and other data are typical of “a situation in serious crisis that has been miscounted for 30 years.If the solution to this problem were easy, of course previous governments would have found it, regardless of their political color. In other words, the solution is not easy, it is complex”. He also said that in society there is a feeling of revenge against people deprived of liberty as a response to a failure of the system.

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”What to do in the face of it's? We have thought, from the Ministry of Justicereform the country's criminal justice system, reform criminal policy,” said the official. Incidentally, he stated that “the most appropriate thing” is that said initiative be presented in March of next year when the congressmen return from the Christmas and New Year's break.

Osuna also announced that the drafts of the document are already put together, “and I myself have given these drafts to several parliamentarians and in some forums because I am interested in starting to discuss” the differences that exist in that project to be modified with time so that in the third month of next year there are no “surprises” in its discussion before the legislature.

Specifically, the bill will have three approaches, according to the minister: the first has to do with 'the rational use of prison' and the possibility of reducing sentences to reduce overcrowding and comply with the reintegration and resocialization stages. The second, precisely, is the approach to resocialization in prisoners. In this regard, he said that this “comes head-on with the punitive populism that is what has us in this situation and that idea of ​​increasing penalties every time something happens that makes a sector of society dissatisfied ”.

The third point, according to the head of the Justice and Law portfolio, is compliance with reparation and restorative justice. At that point in his speech, he quoted Johana Bahamón and the 'second chances', stating that “there are people who have not even had the first”.