Prisoners graduate from car repair course at Barra da Grota Penal Treatment Unit, Tocantins, Brazil

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The course was attended by 10 prisoners from the Penal Units of Araguaína, Guaraí, Palmas, Colmeia, Augustinópolis, Barrolândia and Paraíso do Tocantins.

Information given by and contact Valéria Medeiros, assistant professor at Federal University of Tocantins, member of EPEA
Translation from Portuguese with DeepL/tw
Original text https://www.to.gov.br/cidadaniaejustica/noticias/pessoas-privadas-de-liberdade-se-formam-em-curso-de-restauracao-automotiva-na-unidade-de-tratamento-penal-barra-da-grota/5w8gznyxizl1
News Article on the website of the Government of Tocantins, Brazil (status 30. 8. 2021)

The Secretariat of State for Citizenship and Justice, graduated last Friday, 13, 10 prisoners in the course of Car Repair in the Criminal Treatment Unit Barra da Grota (UTPBG), through the Program New Time. The course was run by the Superintendence of Administration of Penitentiary and Prison Systems, through the Management of Social Reintegration, Work and Income to the Prisoner and Excluded, in the format PPL Monitor, in which a person deprived of freedom teaches others. The course had 200 hours/class and guaranteed the right to certification and remission of sentence by the study to prisoners from Araguaína, Guaraí, Palmas, Colmeia, Augustinópolis, Barrolândia and Paraíso do Tocantins.

The head of the UTPBG, Paulo Freitas, said that the courses have changed the dynamics of the Unit. “The Novo Tempo Program courses improve the inmate’s quality of life, because besides ensuring the remission of the sentence through study, they also guarantee non-formal education and technical knowledge that make them more hopeful and confident to face the job market once they leave here. The atmosphere here in the unit has changed with the implementation of these projects,” he explained.

The manager of Social Reintegration, Work and Income to the Prisoner of Seciju, Renata Duarte, stressed that education is a right guaranteed in the Law of Criminal Enforcement. “The realization of this course shows the responsibility of our management in serving the person arrested, in the search for partners and alignment with the management and other servers UTPBG, which courageously accepted the challenge of the implementation of this course “, says.

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