Marina del Pilar improves conditions of prisons in Baja California

By transferring prisoners, the goal is to improve conditions inside prisons and eradicate overpopulation

Marina del Pilar Ávila Olmeda, the governor of Baja California, highlighted that her administration has carried out improvements in the quality of life of prisoners at the Social Reintegration Centers of the state through a series of actions in coordination with human rights.

During the 63rd edition of “Wednesday Morning Press Conference with Marina del Pilar”, the governor highlighted the advances reached by the State Commission of the Penal System led by María Elena Andrade Ramírez, as they have dealt with overpopulation and its consequences.

“As part of the strategy regarding security matters that has been carried out by our government, we were able to transfer prisoners to other reintegration centers, specifically from the one in Tijuana to El Hongo. This guarantees the better functioning of these spaces,” the state governor said.

Marina del Pilar emphasized that the success of this operation is that due to the coordination and combination of resources between the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), the National Guard (GN), the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), the State Forces of Citizen Security (FESC), among others, no incident or accident was registered and the integrity of all people was respected.

Andrade Ramírez explained that with the arrival of this administration in November 2021, they knew that prisons were in bad condition. This is why an emerging strategy was created to resolve the issues and follow recommendations issued by state and federal human rights organizations due to previous governments’ actions.

The state official pointed out that the state administration has transferred more than 6,000 prisoners to reintegration centers, a historic number that was achieved thanks to coordination between different organizations.

“In addition, we are working to clean the state’s prisons and in Tijuana, since the very first days, 7 tons of rotten garbage and hazardous wildlife were removed. In Mexicali, we removed 3 ½ tons,” Andrade Ramírez said.

Regarding other actions that they carried out, the commissioner emphasized the increase by 300% of drugs seized that were not able to get inside prisons, as well as the seizure of cellphones and other illegal instruments. Sport and artistic activities were strengthened, as they aid in the construction of an environment of peace and development towards an authentic social reintegration.

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