The candidate for the presidency of the autonomous community for Changing the Region of Murcia, José Luis Ávarez-Castellanos, defended this Tuesday in a ceremony held in the penitentiary of Campos del Río to which a hundred inmates attended the assumption by the Government Murcia of the powers in matters of penitentiary health.
Álvarez-Castellanos, accompanied by number 2 on the list, Adoración Peñas, answered the questions of those present, who were focused on issues related to health and the absence of public transport to the center.
The head of Change Region list recalled that in October 2016 the Senate unanimously supported that the autonomies managed penitentiary health, instead of the Ministry of Interior, as hitherto.
"We believe that basic public services are better managed from the administrations closest to the citizens," the candidate said.
Álvarez-Castellanos denounced the health situation in Campos del Río since there are only three physicians on staff for more than 1,100 inmates, a ratio "more than insufficient" that worsens when there is the loss of some doctor, because "there have been months they have been covered and there was only one doctor for so many people. "
Another of the concerns expressed by the inmates was the lack of public transport to reach the prison and, in this sense, the head of the Change of Murcia list promised to demand in the regional Assembly the expansion of the interurban network bus that covers the northwest to pass through the center.
For its part, Peñas said the importance of supporting from the Administration the implementation and strengthening of occupational workshops, prevention, rehabilitation and socio-cultural activities within the prison, made by different NGOs and social organizations and aimed at promoting both culture as of the professional and educational competences of the inmates to achieve the goal of social insertion after leaving the center, the final objective of the sentences that is also included in the regulatory framework.
Source: Cambiar la Región de Murcia