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Prison Staff Receives Training to Implement the Social Reintegration Pilot Program

Within the framework of the Project for Security Cooperation with Panama (SECOPA), implemented by UNODC and supported by the European Union, it was hired the Center for the Study of Public Safety (CESC, for its acronym in Spanish) of the University of Chile after an international competitive bidding process, in order to diagnose the functionality of existing reintegration programs and design a new social reintegration model for persons deprived of liberty. 

The purpose of the model is to reduce the likelihood of recidivism of the prison population as a key factor contributing to the social reintegration. It is based on empirical evidence, and builds on the principles of respect for human rights, promotion of social and community integration, effectiveness and efficiency of management.

The social reintegration model has two components, intervention and treatment. This distinction is crucial because it will differentiate the range of interventions or services according to the level of risk and needs of the prison population.

The new social reintegration model includes a pilot program, which will be implemented in a sector of La Nueva Joya Prison and the Female Center of Algarrobos.  In order to planning and preparing the pilot program, UNODC and the AFP organized a workshop to train all personnel who will implement it. The workshop was conducted by experts of the CESC, and the agenda included an exploratory visit to La Nueva Joya Prison.