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Increasing Work and Study Opportunities for People Deprived of Liberty at La Joya Prison Centre in Panama City, Panama

... In follow-up to the activities of the UNODC Project "Supporting Prison Reform in Panama" a new educational area was inaugurated on November 29, 2013 at "La Joya" Prison Center. This area has been dedicated to the establishment of a library of 2000 books, a reading room and a computer workshop. It is noteworthy to mention that the public campaign titled "A book for jail" sponsored by the General Directorate of the Prison System of Panama and UNODC, has greatly contributed to the prison's library, collecting a total of more than 8000 books to date. Furthermore, the borrowing, monitoring and inventory of books, will be supported by a software designed and developed by the prisoners, and will be shared with prison libraries across the country.

A tailoring workshop was also inaugurated with the main goal to have an adequate space where INADEH may train people deprived of liberty, and at the same time operate as a productive project to meet the supply requirements of the prison system.

The equipment and furnishing of the educational area and the tailoring workshop were financed by UNODC, with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Panama.