b'PORTUGALI am pleased that a recent visit by the National Prevention Mechanismde otros veinte establecimientos del mismo tamao. Esta institucin resulted in praise for the new conditions that we can offer these patients.penitenciaria supo relacionarse muy bien con la comunidad, en particular That signals that, although faced with such a challenging pandemic -con las autoridades locales, hasta el punto de tener unos treinta espacios perhaps the most difficult time that the prison system has ever gone throughen rgimen abierto en el exterior.we have nonetheless managed to look after a very needy population. ItEsta es una alerta a la responsabilidad social en la ejecucin de las penas should be noted that the criminally insane were among the first incarceratedde prisin.persons to be vaccinated against COVID-19. El rgimen abierto permite al recluso salir sin custodia para trabajar y The system would need to invest in building a psychiatric clinic from scratchvolver al final del da, donde permanecer hasta al da siguiente. Al contar in Lisbon and reform the existing psychiatric clinic, which was modelledcon reclusos que ya han demostrado ser fiables a la hora de acercarse a la on an idea of a prison system that no longer measures up. However, wevida normal en comunidad, fue posible transformar este establecimiento can hardly spare those resources at this time.en una prisin completamente volcada al exterior. Con unos requisitos In addition, we have a renovation plan that envisages investment in halfwayde seguridad mucho menores, cerca de la mitad de los guardias de esta houses for the criminally insane, considering that when their mental healthprisin fueron trasladados a otros establecimientos donde se les necesitaba stabilises, they are no longer dangerous and should be returned to society. y tambin redujimos parte del personal administrativo. The exclusively open regime prison in Torres Novas is a very motivatingEste es el modelo posible para el conjunto penitenciario tan irracional experiment that I would like to replicate. This prison had about 40 inmatesque hemos heredado.because it is a small district jailand as many prison officers, which is not rational from the point of view of resource management, taking into account we have more than twenty other prisons of the same size. This particularJT: En qu medida la modernizacin digital es una prioridad para prison established very good relations with the community, particularlyel sistema penitenciario portugus?with local authorities, to the point of having about 30 prisoners outside, under an open regime. That is a wake-up call for social responsibility inRM: Esta Direccin-General desempea una misin esencial del Estado de the execution of prison sentences. Derecho Democrtico, pero creo que se ha dejado atrasar en relacin con The open regime allows the prisoner to leave the prison facility for dailyla revolucin digital. Por ejemplo, no tenemos digitalizados los procesos work without custody and return at the end of the day. With inmates whode los reclusos, tenamos un equipo informtico obsoleto e insuficiente, had already proven their trustworthiness in approaching normal communitytenemos un sistema de informacin sobre los reclusos que no responde a life, it was possible to transform this prison into an establishment directedlas necesidades de consulta rpida, que idealmente debe ser compartida to life outside the walls. So, with far fewer security demands, we couldcon los tribunales para el intercambio rpido de informacin. transfer about half of the corrections officers to other facilities whereHemos heredado un modelo muy atrasado con respecto a las innovaciones they were needed. Moreover, we also reduced administrative staff. Thisque seran normales y que ahora se ven aumentadas por las necesidades is the possible model for the highly inefficient prison infrastructure weque conlleva la pandemia. De hecho, es una opcin fundamentalmente have inherited.poltica, del Gobierno de Portugal, mantener a las personas en rgimen de teletrabajo pero, para eso, son necesarios equipos adecuados, redes informticas rpidas y estables y la digitalizacin de los procesos. Por lo JT: To what extent is digital modernisation a priority for the Portuguesetanto, hay mucho que mejorar a este respecto. correctional system? En 2019 y 2020 invertimos 1 800 000,00 en material informtico y este ao prevemos tener una inversin de 800 000,00 en ordenadores RM: This Directorate-General performs an essential mission of theporttiles, cmaras web y en la mejora de las redes. democratic state based on the rule of law, but I believe it has lagged behindEn los centros educativos tambin hemos creado condiciones para la the digital revolution. For example, prisoners processes are not digitised;comunicacin a distancia de los jvenes con sus familiares y esto result we had an obsolete and insufficient computer system; we have a prisonerdecisivo cuando se suspendieron las visitas por la pandemia. Y tambin information system that does not meet the needs for rapid consultation,creamos esas condiciones en los establecimientos penitenciarios, que ideally shared with the courts to facilitate the swift exchange of information.ahora estn todos dotados de equipos que permiten no solo los contactos We have inherited a very backward model concerning innovations, fora distancia con los tribunales, sino tambin los contactos de los presos which the pandemic intensifies a pressing need. A fundamental governmentcon sus familiares. policy option in this context is to maintain people teleworking. However,Estamos intentando recuperar el paso para una reorganizacin digital, que this relies on adequate equipment, fast and stable computer networks andest en marcha, aunque no con tanta rapidez como nos gustara.process digitalisation. We have much to improve in this area. In 2019 and 2020, we invested 1,800,000 in purchasing computer equipment; this year, we are counting on investment of 800,000 in laptops, webcams, and network improvement. In educational centres, we have created conditions for remote communication between juvenile offenders and their families, and this proved crucial when visits were suspended because of the pandemic. We have also developed these conditions in prisons, which are now equipped with devices that allow remote contact with the courts and inmates communication with family members. We are trying to revive the pace towards digital reorganisation, which is underway although not progressing as quickly as we would like. thelastfiveyears,investmentin In electronic monitoring has grown by 124%, and we have a very robust and secure system. Interestingly, electronic monitoring risks falling prey to its success,Visiting areas in Portuguese prison establishments were adapted to meet COVID-19 prevention as human and technical resources are alreadyguidelines of the General Directorate of Health | Se adaptaron las zonas de visita en los establecimientos penitenciarios portugueses para cumplir con las directrices de prevencin insufficient to meet the demand by the courts.de la COVID-19 emitidas por la Direccin General de SaludSemester / Semestre 12021JUSTICE TRENDS // 6 9'