Former officials were charged for the “privatization of prisons” initiated in the six-year term of Felipe Calderón

Mexico paid up to 114,588 pesos a month per prisoner in eight prisons. PHOTO: LM ACEVEDO/CUARTOSCURO.COM

The former officials indicated to participate in the call “privatization of prisons” They have already been charged with various crimes around the contracts for various penitentiary centers awarded to private initiative.

During the hearing held on January 17, 2022, it was announced that the accusation had been made. of improper use of the powers and faculties for the following former managers in Mexican prisons:

Jannet Miriam Martínez Sánchez, Antonio Corona Rodríguez, Javier de Haro Alva, María Lidia Alcantar Vargas, Celina Oseguera Parra, Sergio Alberto Martínez Castuera, José Ariel Morales López, Miguel Vial Hernández, Salvador Camacho Aguirre, Francisco Raúl Rincón Gallardo Díaz, Saúl Castro Castro , Alma Delia Sánchez Ocampo, Gonzalo Villarreal Guerra, Marco Antonio Villarreal Gutiérrez, Arturo Sosa Viderique.

The Mexican government renewed the contracts until the transfer of the facilities to the State Photo: EFE/Luis Torres
The Mexican government renewed the contracts until the transfer of the facilities to the State Photo: EFE/Luis Torres

Three more were charged by the authorities for their alleged participation in the crime of criminal association. They are Marco Antonio Villarreal Gutiérrez, Gonzalo Villarreal Guerra and Arturo Sosa Viderique.

It will be this January 18, at 10:00 a.m. when the replicas of the respective defenses will be presented, as well as the resolution corresponding to the link or not to process, according to the reports of the Judiciary.

The complaint was filed by the Federal Government, represented by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, before the Attorney General’s Office (FGR), who assured that the actions began in the six-year term of Felipe Calderón with García Luna at the head of the Security Secretariat. .

In this sense, AMLO instructed the legal adviser of the Presidency to reach an agreement with the companies that administer the prisons; however, if they do not reach an agreement, then they will go to the civil complaint instance to cancel all the contracts.

The contracts were signed until the year 2032 and in some cases even until 2037 Photo: EFE/Joebeth Terriquez
The contracts were signed until the year 2032 and in some cases even until 2037 Photo: EFE/Joebeth Terriquez

In January 2021, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, president of Mexico, announced the contracts that were awarded to individuals for the administration of eight prisons.

According to information from the Federal Government, these contracts began in 2010, when Felipe Calderón was in Los Pinos and Genaro García Luna, today under investigation for drug-trafficking crimes, commanded the Secretary of Public Security.

These contracts were signed until 2032 and in some cases even until 2037, for a total of approximately 266 thousand 300 million pesos, of which they still had an outstanding amount to pay of 190 thousand million 638 pesos.

Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), assured that the monthly cost of each inmate was estimated at up to 114,588 pesos; a daily average of three thousand pesos.

Genaro García Luna was in charge of the Security Secretariat when the contracts were awarded (Photo art: Infobae, Jovani Silva)
Genaro García Luna was in charge of the Security Secretariat when the contracts were awarded (Photo art: Infobae, Jovani Silva)

The prisons involved were located two in Guanajuato, one in Sonora, another in Oaxaca, one more in Durango, one in Chiapas, another in Michoacan, as well as the female Morelos.

These contracts were awarded directly to private sector companies such as Arendal, GIA, ICA, Prodemex, Tradeco and ideal group, as reported in the report Privatization of the Penitentiary System in Mexico, of the civil associations Documenta and México Evalúa.

Among the sections that stand out from the contracts, it stands out that the presidential centers are the property and responsibility of the SSPC, while at the conclude the validity of the contracts, the property and its facilities they will be provider property.

On April 22, 2021, it was reported that various contracts were renegotiated, as well as the transfer of the facilities to the State at the end of each agreement. In this sense, they indicated that the annual savings could be up to 2,300 million pesos, that is, 15% less than what was signed.

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Reference-www.infobae.com

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