They will award college career scholarships to people deprived of their liberty

Asuncion, IP Agency.- The Ministry of Justice and the Autonomous University of the South (Unasur) have signed an agreement to award scholarships in law and business management positions to persons deprived of their liberty (PPL) and prison officers in the Esperanza Industrial Reforms Unit (UPIE).

The signing of the specific cooperation agreement was the responsibility of the Minister of Justice, Edgar Olmedo Silva, and the President of Unasur University, Mirtha Reyes Ruiz, with the aim of awarding university scholarships to persons deprived of their liberty and prison officials of UPIE.

The parties agreed to enhance the importance of undergraduate study by providing 56 full scholarships for law and business administration positions, which will be 26 for the PPL and 30 for the beneficiary prison staff.

The initiative will include the issuance of academic study certificates as a vital tool for effective social reintegration, and as professional development for better institutional management, respectively.

On this occasion, Minister Olmedo Silva affirmed his commitment to accompany those who face the challenge of training in the said prison. “We can do other kinds of steps, like building more classrooms for example, instead of building more cells,” he stressed.

He stressed that “if the inmates themselves can achieve their goal of obtaining a memorial title, and become double agents within the prisons, this means that the efforts of the state and the private sector have been very successful.”

The dean of the university, Reyes Ruiz, spoke of the strong link between higher education and the opportunity for reintegration. “Unasur realizes that the only sustainable and timely way to improve the security of this country is education, and through it there is freedom without limits, boundaries or time,” he said.

It should be noted that the professions are constantly and appropriately modified in their curricula, in line with the new requirements of educational, human, scientific and technological developments required by the continuous changes in today’s society.

Opening of educational halls
Photo: Ministry of Justice

Subsequently, the higher authorities led the march to unblock the tapes that left two teaching rooms open.

The classrooms contain basic computer tools, furniture, study materials and the Internet with a monitored connection, for the appropriate development of virtual classrooms inside the Esperanza prison, so that students can access them without problems.

In this way, the necessary mechanisms have been created so that the activities carried out within the framework of the Convention are considered for the purposes of applying prison benefits stipulated in the Penal Enforcement Law.

Also present were UPIE Director Teófilo Báez, Director General of Prison Institutions Christian Ortiz and Director of Welfare and Social Reintegration Vanessa Nabot.

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