Temer: control of the prison system is a national responsibility
President Michel Temer met with the institutional core of his cabinet on the morning of Thursday (5 January) to discuss the National Public Security Plan, which is being prepared by the Ministry of Justice and Citizenship.
In the opening remarks of the meeting, Temer offered his solidarity to the families of victims of the rebellion in prisons of the city of Manaus earlier this week. “I want, first and foremost, to offer my solidarity to the families who had their prisoners victimised by that dreadful incident," he said.
The actions of the National Public Safety Plan being proposed by the government include the construction of five federal prisons, with costs estimated at between R$ 40 million and R$ 45 million.
One of the determinations is that these prisons (and all other new prisons) feature separate buildings for those inmates who have committed more serious offences.
An additional R$ 150 million will be released for the installation of mobile signal jammers in prisons.
Temer recalled that prison control is a legal responsibility of the states, but has become a national problem that will have the attention of the federal government. “The concern generated in recent times makes us all keenly aware of the fact that this is a national problem. And, because this is a national problem, we are putting together a public security plan," he said.
When the programme is launched, a specific deadline will be defined for the states to adhere to the Plan.
Support for states
In recent months, the federal government was asked by the states to assist in public safety issues, including by responding to requests to send National Force and Armed Forces troops to the different states.
The federal government has also transferred the highest volume of resources in history for states to build and renovate their prisons last year. Around R$ 1.2 billion was transferred from the National Penitentiary Fund (Fupen) to the Brazilian states.
Each state received R$ 47.7 million, of which R$ 32 million went to the construction of new prisons and the rest for equipment purchases and other expenses. The amounts were delivered without any need for consideration.
For the first half of 2017, the federal government expects to release an additional R$ 1.8 billion in transfers.