Around 800 inmates have already received the masks made by the prison population itself, in this case from the CAI Limón and Jorge Arturo Montero. In addition, 30 officers from the latter center, featured in the module that has been in preventive isolation since July 1, also have their respective face masks.
Since last Friday, these penal centers began to distribute the protection implements.
The direction of the CAI Jorge Arturo Montero made the first delivery of masks to the more than 300 deprived of liberty who are in the module subjected to preventive isolation, and in the coming days it will continue with the rest, as the manufacture of the 10,000 progresses. projected for the entire prison population.
At the same time, thanks to a donation from the National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP), the CAI Jorge Arturo Montero acquired the necessary materials to start manufacturing the 700 face masks with which they will supply the other officers.
“Part of the strategies to prevent the spread of Covid-19 has been to involve the prison population. It is important to highlight the acceptance that these actions have had among those deprived of liberty, who have remained calm and attentive to the health recommendations that we have issued, ”explained Wilman Pérez, the director of the center.
On the other hand, the CAI Limón authorities have given masks to about 460 deprived of liberty and it is planned to cover the entire prison population, just over 600 deprived of liberty.
“The goal is to reach 3,000 masks to give three face masks each. It is important to indicate that this will be a constant manufacturing process, since we also contemplate the fact that these implements become worn out with use and time “, highlighted director Giovanna Cleland.
The initiative arose from the deprived of liberty committees and the management of these penal centers. The Ministry of Justice and Peace showed its support from the beginning. “This is an example of the empowerment of the prison population, which recognizes itself responsible for its own health and for the health of the shared environment it shares,” said the Minister of Justice and Peace, Fiorella Salazar. The ministry provides the conditions for the initiative to spread to other penitentiary centers.
The CAI Vilma Curling is also close to joining the making of masks for prison staff. In this case, the masks would be intended for officials of the institution.