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Lecture Series. El programa “Yo Cambio” en el sistema penitenciario en El Salvador/ The Yo Cambio (I Change) Program in El Salvador’s Penitentiary System

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
Location
101 International Studies Building, 910 S Fifth St, Champaign, IL 61820
Date
Dec 2, 2019   3:00 pm  
Speaker
Ricardo Antonio Rios Canales, former production unit director, Penitentiary System of El Salvador
Contact
Kasia Szremski
E-Mail
szremski@illinois.edu
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El programa “Yo Cambio” en el sistema penitenciario en El Salvador

The Yo Cambio (I Change) Program in El Salvador’s Penitentiary System

 

El Salvador is notorious for overcrowded prisons. It has the third highest prison population rate worldwideOccupancy levels – based on official capacity – have reached 350%. The situation has deteriorated dramatically over the past 15 years: the number of of prisoners has grown from under 8,000 prisoners in 2000 to over 38,000 in 2016.

In the face of such complex challenges, five years ago El Salvador implemented  innovative approaches to manage its prisons and design effective re-integration programs. ‘Yo Cambio supported the rehabilitation of prisoners and their re-integration into society through vocational training and activities. The program has since closed down with the arrival of a new administration. Ricardo Antonio Rios Canales will talk about his experiences as a director of the program.

 

Note: The presentation will be in Spanish with English translation.

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