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The IJJO assists the Peruvian Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in the process of modernizing public policies regarding adolescents in conflict with the law

Friday 12th of February 2016
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The programme EUROsociAL II includes the action plan 'Assisting the process of modernization of Public Policies aimed at adolescents in conflict with the law'. As part of this action plan, the IJJO has had the opportunity to advise the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights on two important projects that will lead to significant improvements in Peruvian juvenile justice. These two technical assistance actions, which took place in September and November, 2015, were focused around supporting the Bill for an Autonomous Law for the Criminal Proceedings for Adolescents (Proyecto de Ley Autónoma para el Proceso Penal Adolescente), and the Programme for social and labour market reintegration of adolescents in conflict with the law. These technical assistance actions were carried out in the context of the IJJO’s collaboration agreement with the Ministry, which goes back to 2012. 


In the first action of technical assistance, ‘Session to generate resources and develop a draft bill for the Autonomous Law for Criminal Proceedings for Adolescents’, the institutions that make up the National Criminal Policy Council were aided by the IJJO in the process of obtaining the necessary information to draft an Autonomic Law for Criminal Proceedings for Adolescents.

In the second action, the IJJO offered technical assistance to help design a social Project for reintegration into the labour market. After information was collected, meetings were organised with government officials from the Ministry of Justice and Education, as well as with workers from several juvenile centres in Lima and Rimac, to prepare a complete draft of the program and to discuss with the pertinent entities the steps to put the Strategic Plan into motion. In the same way, a draft was presented to the civil society experts, the team members of Terre des Hommes, from UNICEF, as well as the Associate Director of the Chamber of Commerce of Lima, Valvanera Martínez.

In the same way, the IJJO's expert, Patricia Gutiérrez, visited a detention centre, and held meetings with representatives of competent institutions, including the chamber of commerce.  The starting point was the adult justice system that is currently in place, and from that, the juvenile framework began to be created, by coordinating the efforts of the Ministry of Justice members and the National Criminal Policy Council.

The resulting draft bill for the project brings together educational and juridical aspects, and uses educational measures in order to soften penal reaction, by finding alternative measures that can be adapted to the circumstances of every offender. In this manner, other measures have been incorporated: judges have the duty to put in place the measures required for social reintegration and young people should be stimulated during their sentence.

On the other side, as part of the framework to implement the National Prevention and Treatment Plan for Adolescents in Conflict with Criminal Law 2013-2018 (PNAPTA), the Ministry of Justice, alongside the Judicial Power, have established a series of priority axes. One axe involves designing specialised training, employment and other programmes by using productive activities and agreements with the private sectors, which will aim to successfully reintegrate young people into society, the economy and the labour market, especially those who were deprived of liberty.

The bill and the draft of the strategic plan for reintegration into society and the labour market will be the starting point, and will prove to be a solid basis that competent institutions will be able to apply to their activities and projects in the criminal and justice system, providing short term operational guarantees.


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