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OAS to Support Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to Implement New Penitentiary Model

  April 25, 2019

OAS to Support Attorney General of the Dominican Republic to Implement New Penitentiary Model
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The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic (PGR) today signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the PGR's capacity to promote citizen security.

Through agreement, the Department of Public Security (DPS) of the OAS will support the PGR through the exchange of experiences and the design and implementation of strategies to strengthen and consolidate the progress that the Dominican Republic has made in the modernization of its penitentiary system, with the implementation of the New Penitentiary Model.

At the signing of the agreement, the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, stated that "unfortunately, many of the juvenile systems reproduce the logic - and the problems - of adult prison systems, without prioritizing the best interests of the child. Youth systems should be focused on the development of adolescents in conflict with the law and not on punishing them. "

The Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, Jean Alain Rodríguez, affirmed that for his government, the challenge of building a "safer" country, where crime is much smaller each day, is essential, and that is why we are working on the organs of persecution and in the organs of prevention. The humanization plan of the prison system that we hope to finalize next year is a convincing sign of that."

The signed agreement establishes a commitment of cooperation between the OAS and the Office of the Attorney General in matters of juvenile justice through the exchange of good practices, the realization of joint projects in the matter, and the normative development. The DPS, responsible for the development of the agreement by the OAS, currently exercises the Technical Secretariat of the Meeting of the Authorities Responsible for Penitentiary and Prison Policies of the OAS Member States.

Reference: FNE-96438