b"DenmarkDinamarcaIna EliasenDirector-General, Department of Prisons and Probation, DenmarkDirectora general, Departamento de Prisiones y Libertad Condicional, DinamarcaPrison overcrowding and staffing problems:Critical situation leads to unprecedented strategiesProblemas de hacinamiento y personal:La situacin crtica en las prisiones conduce a estrategias sin precedentesJT: What are the main challenges facing the Danish prison system,JT: Cules son los principales desafos a los que se enfrenta el sistema and how are you addressing them? penitenciario dans y cmo los est abordando?IE: We have a very critical situation in Denmark, due to severe overcrowdingIE: Tenemos una situacin muy crtica en Dinamarca, debido a los graves problems and a shortage of staff. We need almost 200-300 more prisonproblemas de hacinamiento y escasez de personal. Necesitamos casi 200-officers than we have now, and our occupancy level exceeds 100%. 300 ms de funcionarios de prisiones de los que tenemos ahora, y nuestro To address the prison overcrowding issue, we are building new infrastructurenivel de ocupacin supera el 100%.capacity; in recent years, we have built almost 600 prison cells, and we willPara abordar el problema del hacinamiento, estamos creando nueva create another 300 cells in the coming years. However, this means that thecapacidad de infraestructura; en los ltimos aos, hemos construido casi staff shortage will be even more serious than now. On the other hand, weseiscientas celdas de prisin y crearemos otras trescientas en los prximos are trying to recruit as many prison officers as possible, and we are tryingaos. Sin embargo, esto significa que la escasez de personal ser an ms to keep the prison staff we have by improving the work environment.grave que ahora. Por otro lado, estamos tratando de contratar a tantos funcionarios de prisiones como sea posible y estamos tratando de mantenerel personal penitenciario que tenemos, mejorando el ambiente de trabajo. The recruitment process is tough because wehave very high standards for joining the prison system. In fact, we select only a fifth of those whoEl proceso de contratacin es difcil porque apply. For us, high standards are fundamental, as thetenemos estndares muy altos para ingresar en el job of a prison officer is a highly skilled profession.sistema penitenciario. De hecho, seleccionamos solo una quinta parte de los que se postulan. Para nosotros, los altos estndares son fundamentales, JT: What are the main issues regarding staff, and what has been yourya que el trabajo de un funcionario de prisiones es strategy to tackle difficulties at this level? una profesin altamente cualificada. IE: We face challenges similar to many other correctional systems acrossJT: Cules son los principales problemas relacionados con el personal Europe and elsewhere regarding the recruitment and retention of prisony cul ha sido su estrategia para abordar las dificultades a este nivel?staff. It is challenging to recruit and maintain prison staff. To reverse this, we have implemented a one-year strategy with an extremely narrow focus.IE:Hacemos frente a desafos similares a muchos otros sistemas This is not how we usually develop and implement strategies, becausepenitenciarios en Europa, y en otros lugares, con respecto a la contratacin under more normal circumstances we want most of our tasks to be party retencin del personal penitenciario. Es un reto contratar y mantener of a concerted strategy.los funcionarios de prisiones. In this case, we got all employer groups to accept the premise that wePara revertir esto, hemos implementado una estrategia de un ao con un should focus primarily on recruiting prison officers.enfoque extremadamente limitado. No es as como solemos desarrollar e Hence, we launched a new concerted recruitment campaign where weimplementar estrategias, porque en circunstancias ms normales queremos created a digital universe with gaming features, where potential newque la mayora de nuestras tareas formen parte de una estrategia concertada. officersand the public in Denmark as wellare shown situations andEn este caso, conseguimos que todos los grupos de empleadores aceptaran dilemmas of a prison officers work life.la premisa de que deberamos centrarnos principalmente en la contratacin The feedback we have received on this campaign has been very positivede funcionarios de prisiones. because it shows how difficult it is to work as a prison officer, the countlessPor lo tanto, lanzamos una nueva campaa de contratacin concertada dilemmas they face every day, and the need to make decisions quickly. Inen la que creamos un universo digital con caractersticas de juego, donde general, I think society's perception is that it is easy to be a prison officer,a los posibles nuevos funcionarios, y tambin el pblico en Dinamarca, but it certainly is not. se muestran situaciones y dilemas de la vida laboral de un funcionario The recruitment process is tough because we have very high standardsde prisiones. for joining the prison system. In fact, we select only a fifth of those whoLa respuesta que hemos recibido sobre esta campaa ha sido muy positiva apply. We want to have even more people applying to be prison officers,porque muestra lo difcil que es trabajar como funcionario de prisiones, los but we already have many applying every year. For us, high standards areinnumerables dilemas a los que se enfrentan todos los das y la necesidad fundamental, as the job of a prison officer is a highly skilled profession.de tomar decisiones rpidamente. Semester / Semestre 12021JUSTICE TRENDS // 9 9"