Finjus suggests evaluating the prison justice system


The executive vice president of the Institutionality and Justice Foundation (Finjus) indicated to the president of the Council of the Judiciary an evaluation of the penitentiary justice system so that the jurisdiction of criminal execution is more efficient.


Servio Tulio Castaños Guzmán sent a letter to magistrate Luis Henry Molina in which he considered that this process should take place, which should begin with the elaboration of a State policy to guarantee the fundamental rights of persons deprived of liberty and control of the execution of final judgments, following the Constitution and laws on the matter.



He affirmed that the overcrowding and abandonment in which the inmates find themselves represent a problem. Even though there are final sentences against them, the system has not provided them with the tools to guarantee their rights. “This is dramatically reflected in the last National Penitentiary Census carried out by the National Public Defense Office,” he said.

In this sense, in the letter sent last Wednesday to Molina, who is also the president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Castaños Guzmán suggested that to avoid the bureaucracy to release an inmate who has completed his sentence, one should not wait to request it from the judge for the Execution of the Sentence, but it should be ex officio.

“This would avoid bureaucracy when deciding on this aspect, which means that those deprived of their liberty, after having served a sentence, do not remain for several months waiting for the decision, since this process should have been informal,” he explained.

Likewise, Castaños Guzmán told Judge Molina that one of the functions of the Sentence Execution Judge is to be a guarantor of the convicted when they can promote criminal review in cases of jurisprudential change or more favorable law, it would be important that this magistrate be motivated to encourage said request.



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