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Cultural activities in Mexico’s penitentiary centers

The Ministry of Culture and the Commission of National Security signed an agreement to promote art and culture in Mexico prisons

Artistic and cultural activities in Mexico’s penitentiary centers
The CNS, along with the Ministry of Culture, INBA, the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), the Publishing and Library Directorate General (DGP and DGB), have undertaken 130 cultural activities - Photo: Cristopher Rogel Blanquet/EL UNIVERSAL
English 25/08/2018 17:47 Newsroom Mexico City Actualizada 18:00
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Seeking to contribute to the rehabilitation and individual development process of persons deprived of their liberty at several of Mexico’s Penitentiary Centers, the National Security Commissioner, Renato Sales Heredia, and the Minister of Culture, María Cristina García Cepeda, headed the Cultural Activity Program to help inmates.

The event was conducted at the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center No. 16 “CPS Women’s Prison Morelos.” Renato Sales Heredia insisted that “those of us working on penitentiary centers have a personal imperative to act in full respect of people’s dignity and the protection of their human rights.”

He underlined the importance of second chances for people deprived of their liberty, reminding that, only a year ago, with aims to strengthening the existing penitentiary reintegration policies, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Interior, through the National Security Commission, signed a General Collaboration Agreement seeking to work together and offer inmates several options for their development within the framework of their individual rights, providing them with work, education, health, sports, and art.

The Minister of Culture, María Cristina García Cepeda, in company of Lidia Camacho Camacho, General Director of the National Institute of Fine Arts (INBA) thanked the CNS for their efforts in promoting culture, underlining the institute’s commitment to the promotion of these activities for the benefit of prison population.

“When we get closer to culture and are able to enjoy art expressions, it changes our life and enriches us,” stated the Minister of Culture.

On his part, the Commissioner of the Decentralized Administrative Agency for Prevention and Social Rehabilitation, Rogelio Miguel Figueroa Velázquez, pointed out that the agreement signed by the CNS and the Ministry of Culture had allowed for the promotion of several artistic activities that have contributed to better conditions at penitentiary centers.

The CNS, along with the Ministry of Culture, INBA, the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), the Publishing and Library Directorate General (DGP and DGB), have undertaken 130 cultural activities that have benefited 14,337 people from seven Penitentiary Centers.

Some of the activities included art galleries, concerts, literary talks, movie presentations, dance, theater, and craftsmanship workshops, choreographies, and literary contests.
 

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