There is a controversy over the Justice reform bill that this portfolio raises. Photos: archive.
Mayor Claudia López referred to the bill announced by the Ministry of Justice to reform penal policy in prison matters and the ‘signatón’ that she called to express a rejection of the government’s proposal for wanting to release some prisoners for minor crimes.
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Before the microphones of the Blu Radio station, López stated that she was concerned about the security in the cities if some prisoners are released, especially in Bogotá.
“I am more concerned with the humanity of the streets than with the humanity of the prisons. This is not to say that you don’t have to deal with overcrowding. I have been here for three years and the only prison in Colombia that has been resocialized is the Bogotá District Prison,” said the mayoress in the aforementioned outlet.
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“Everything that it costs us to take them to jail so that now they are going to release them,” said Claudia López, referring to the proposal of the Ministry of Justice
He added that citizens will not feel safe with the release of criminals, who despite failures in the judicial system have been able to be imprisoned.
“It is easy to speak in the abstract. The people who are robbed with knives do not want to see the criminal the next day. This is the fair of impunity. Impunity populism. They want to release them all. If they rob or steal it doesn’t matter, poor things. This is a social state of law,” said López.
The Minister of Justice affirms that the bill is not about release or impunity.
But, the Minister of Justice, Néstor Osuna, did not take long to respond, this time through the microphones of the W Radio station, in which he stated that: “I recognize the value of the mayoress, but it is not a release project, It is a project that aims for victims to have reparation. It is not about release, it is about re-socialization inside the prisons”.
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Néstor Osuna clarified to the district president that the project seeks for criminals to be able to resocialize and thus avoid their recidivism
He explained that the bill is based on the experience of the Government in prison matters, but that its approval already depends on the Congress of the Republic. “The Government proposes and Congress disposes,” he exclaimed.
“What can be achieved is that whoever offends does not do it again and so far it is not being achieved (…) I understand the figures, I understand the scare, but what we want to do is that those who have already been convicted don’t commit crimes again,” he said.
He indicated that the Government is willing to discuss the bill and analyze the necessary modifications and what can be maintained. He was emphatic in saying that the goal is not release, but resocialization. In any case, he recognized that if the reform went ahead, crime could not be avoided.
“What we want to do is make the penal system more efficient, but we cannot offer miracles. Can a penal bill prevent crime? No, in no society. The objective is to avoid recidivism and this is achieved through processes of socialization and restorative justice”, he said.
He was emphatic in affirming that it is not a project of release or impunity “it is a form of presentation of the project that does not correspond to what it really is” and that the real objective is re-socialization.
“If the convicted person repairs the victim and successfully passes resocialization processes (work and study), his effective time of deprivation of liberty can decrease as long as a judge approves it; In the medium and long term, this supports decrowding,” he said.
Regarding the call by Claudia López to gather signatures as a way of rejecting the bill in question, Osuna said that he respected all popular demonstrations and that society has the right to participate in the debate.
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