The Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) and the National Institute of Technical Professional Training (INFOTEP) certified 3,323 participants deprived of their liberty, from 36 Correction and Rehabilitation Centers, for having completed their training in 92 training programs.
The activity was carried out simultaneously in 32 penitentiary centers nationwide, with a representation of the participants who graduated from 191 training actions.
The ceremony was presided over by Miriam Germán, Attorney General of the Republic; Professor Rafael Santos Badía, Director General of INFOTEP, and Roberto Hernández Basilio, Director General of DGSPC.
Miriam Germán thanked the institutions involved and congratulated the inmates for this step in their social reintegration.
Meanwhile, Professor Rafael Santos Badía highlighted the importance and benefits of receiving training for the participants.
“Today they are receiving true freedom that will allow them, in many cases, and definitely, once they are released, to have decent means of support and prosperity, by entering the job market or becoming entrepreneurs and starting their own businesses,” he said.
Santos Badía indicated that the initiative represents an extraordinary step forward in the equitable provision of training and employment opportunities to all Dominicans, regardless of their condition or legal status.
For his part, Roberto Hernández Basilio stated that the delivery of certificates is the result of the educational and technical programs implemented in the penitentiary system.
“Those deprived of liberty now have the opportunity to train and obtain degrees that will allow them to be prepared to reincorporate into the labor society when they leave the prisons”, said the director of the DGSPC.
The training program for inmates is coordinated with the Attorney General’s Office, together with the Public Prosecutor’s Office, through the General Directorate of Penitentiary and Correctional Services (DGSPC) and the collaboration of the Institutionality and Justice Foundation, FINJUS, through an agreement and plan signed in November 2022.
Among the training provided by INFOTEP, are the preparation of snacks, small-scale aquaculture, baking, basic hairdressing, domestic cooking, basic maintenance of air conditioning equipment, greenhouse production, internal sales of products and services, and balloon decoration.
The studies also included preparation in accounting assistant, curtain making, medical visitor foundation, customer service, motorcycle mechanics, acrylic nails, basic sewing, digital marketing, conflict management, among others.