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The Federal Penitentiary Service in crisis: it has 15,000 employees, but they denounce that it does not control drug traffickers

The president of the Supreme Court of Justice Horacio Rosatti and his counterpart Ricardo Lorenzetti agreed on the criticism of the Federal Penitentiary Service (SPF) when it comes to controlling drug leaders who are behind bars. They supported the report by prosecutor Diego Iglesias in charge of the Narcocriminality Prosecutor’s Office (PROCUNAR) who submitted a report that concluded that organized crime grows from federal prisons and that what they do behind bars is not controlled.

The SPF situation is critical. He has been operated on for a year and a half for the Kirchnerist and founder of Legitimate Justice María Laura Garrigós de Rébori but nothing got better. Today it has 15,000 employees and a millionaire budget. In parallel, in addition to Rosatti and Lorenzetti, a dozen judges denounced the constant failures of the SPF when it comes to supervising what happens in the prisons.

Last year, the SPF had a budget of $21,898,592,372, but at the end of the fiscal year the current budget amounted to $31,513,217,021. The numbers come from a request for access to information made by Clarion.

A large part of those funds, official sources reported, They are used to pay salaries of the global permanent staff of the SPF, registered in 15,788 agents. Regarding this level of personnel in the federal prisons, the criticism refers to the lack of “control, management and specific work inside the prisons, inside only the comptroller has jurisdiction,” a source from the High Court told Clarin.

In the request for access to information made by Clariondid not answer two specific questions: “What policies were implemented during the SPF intervention?” and the second, “Were some of the measures suggested by the Attorney General’s Office regarding prisoners in drug trafficking cases, a statement from October 2021, implemented?”

The photo of the meeting of federal judges in Rosario. The four judges of the Court, political and legislative authorities and judges from all over the country participated.

The response was given by the Attorney General itself and other judicial bodies last Thursday from Rosario: “Not only was nothing notified or answered, but the current situation indicates that nothing has changed inside the federal prisons.” Some of the crimes revealed by the Attorney General’s Office that are carried out from prisons include threats, orders issued from cell phones and handling of the drug business.

In that line linked to drug trafficking, the federal judge of San Martín Alicia Vence -who has the case of the adulterated drug in Gate 8- stated in a ruling: “Once again, the organization dedicated to the commercialization of narcotics was commanded by two people who were housed in prison complexes, serving sentences, a common circumstance in this type of case and an obstacle to fighting drug trafficking”.

Lorenzetti also criticized the SPF.
“The Federal Penitentiary Service as it is, does not work, does not work”, said the Minister of the Court in dialogue with Clarion before the meeting of federal judges from all over the country who met last week in Rosario.

Already at the meeting, Lorenzetti deepened his criticism and argued that the current prison system “He is in a critical situation.” “How can it be that criminals continue to operate from prison? Not only can we not keep the prisons clean, but we cannot stop criminal activity either. Citizens are prisoners and it seems that criminals are free because even from prison they continue to operate It is an institutional tragedy because it is a festival of inefficiency”, he sentenced.

With similar arguments, the president of the Court -Horacio Rosatti- maintained that “the prison should not control the street”. The criticisms were directed at the SPF in charge of María Laura Garrigós and the lack of response and controls on drug leaders. “It is necessary to have the necessary information tools, intelligent intelligence”, in relation to the investigation inside the prison on drug traffickers.

Federal Judge Maria Servini Last week, he filed a criminal complaint against the Minister of Justice, Martín Soria, and the comptroller Garrigós de Rébori, for alleged obstruction of Justice, because a year ago he wanted to investigate a complaint of drug trafficking in the Villa Devoto prison and could not move forward because the criminal intelligence area that worked inside the penitentiary was dismantled

The situation has an even more serious background. The PROCUNAR led by Diego Iglesias, as told Clarion, submitted to the Attorney General -Eduardo Casal- a harsh report that maintains that “the maneuvers of trafficking, transportation and commercialization of narcotics and other related crimes (money laundering, homicides, kidnappings for extortion or threats)”, are planned and carried out from the jails.

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