The minister highlighted that any partnership with the private sector becomes, in practice, the “privatization of the execution of the sentence”. For Almeida, the measure is unconstitutional and illegal, but he recognizes that the debate must be held.
There is currently not enough State within the prison system, which has become a breeding ground for the expansion of organized crime. If we are not able to put the prison system in accordance with the law, as determined by the Constitution, we will not be able to deal with public security in Brazil. Privatization of prisons or the socio-educational system opens up space for the infiltration of organized crime, which is the opposite of what we want to do.
Minister of Human Rights, Silvio Almeida
He also said that the human rights caravans in prisons and socio-educational system units should return soon. The measure encompasses joint action between ministries to improve conditions in prisons and avoid overcrowding.
With the caravans, the minister traveled last year to cities in order to detect the main problems in the Brazilian prison system. He spoke with the respective governors to understand the context of local public security and its challenges.
Almeida will meet in the coming days with the new Minister of Justice, Ricardo Lewandowski, to discuss how to improve the Brazilian prison system. He said he has not yet discussed the matter with President Lula (PT).
Lewandowski must develop a plan to improve conditions in Brazilian prisons. The measure was imposed by the STF after the Court declared the state of affairs in the prison system unconstitutional – the term is used to define a situation of widespread violation of rights. In October, Dino promised that the Ministry of Justice and Public Security would deliver a plan within six months.