The fate of the Eight rugby players convicted of the crime of Fernando Báez Sosa in one of the most resounding sentences of recent years continues to cause intrigue. Among several prisons that are mentioned, it now appears that the Unit 57 of the Campana Penitentiary complex It would be the one that is closest to housing the detainees.
The Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service would make certain “exceptions” such as exceeding the pre-established age for that unit and the degree of the penalty for the eight rugby players to stay near their families.
What is the Campana Penitentiary Complex like?
The Campana Penitentiary Complex is made up of three units located at kilometer 5.5 of Route 6 in the north of the province of Buenos Aires. within it, each unit is differentiated according to the degree of responsibility of the inmates. Penitentiary Units (UP) 21, 41 and 57 coexist on this property. Despite the proximity, none of the prisoners of a unit can move -except for an official transfer- from one to another.
Far from the overcrowded and overcrowded prisons where thousands of life-sentenced inmates survive without privileges, the eight rugby players were transferred to one of the most modern prisons in the province of Buenos Aires: Penal Unit 57.
The most modern prison in the province
After several years and with an investment of $844,000,000 (where the national government helped with funds close to $450,000,000), the company Centro Construcciones finished the work on Penal Unit 57, which was inaugurated on February 12, 2019 by María Eugenia Vidal. .
This prison, known as “La 57”, as it is called in prison jargon, is part of the Campana prison complex. “La 57” has a capacity of 616 placeswith four modules that include cells, classrooms, workshops and a central sports center.
The classrooms of this unit have a capacity for 480 inmates -the largest in the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service- and a mobile workshop classroom where digital literacy. The workshops occupy more than 800 square meters and have a capacity for 200 young people. In addition, the UP57 features a primary and secondary educational centerCEN 456.
No rats, no cockroaches, no overpopulation the inmates derived from this prison think paradise compared to the places they come from. According to the provincial government, to enter the program developed in Penal Unit 57, inmates must sign an “act of conformity” with which they agree to comply guidelines for coexistence such as respect for schedules and tasks in the pavilion.
As well as the assistance to educational, work, training and sports activitiesplus the rules related to personal hygiene, cleaning of common places and building care.
First exception for rugbiers
“La 57” is a model unit that houses offenders between the ages of 18 and 21. Although, in recent times and with the intention of alleviating the youth prison overcrowding, the age became more flexible up to 25 years.
Máximo “Machu” Thomsen, Lucas Pertossi, Ayrton Violaz and Matías Benicelli they are 23 years old; Enzo Comelli and Ciro Pertossi 22 years; Luciano Pertossi and Blas Cinalli 21 years That is to say, that the last two would be complying with a part of the pre-established in the inauguration of four years ago.
Second exception for rugbiers
Despite the fact that the eight convicted of the crime of Fernando Báez Sosa would be serving their first sentence, they all have sentences of more than 5 years. This means that none of the eight fulfills the “mission” of being a prison so that they can reintegrate into society.
According to what was exposed by the Buenos Aires Penitentiary Service, the UP57 was created for those who are carrying out a sentence of less than five years in prisonrelated to crimes like robberies, thefts or concealment. The eight rugby players were convicted of “double aggravated homicide by the premeditated contest by two or more people and treachery in an ideal contest of minor injuries” of Fernando’s homicide and the other three for secondary participation in the same crime.
The decision, if the transfer of the eight to this prison is confirmed, differs from what the website details: “The unit offers its inmates the necessary tools so that ‘they can start a life away from crime.'” Since five of the eight will be able to “start their life” within half a century.
The last riot in Unit 57 of Campana
Despite her few years of life, “la 57”, as she is known in prison jargon, had her last riot in September last year. The event happened before transfer of one of the leaders of a pavilion. Suddenly, several inmates began to attack prison service staff.
Three hours later, and thanks to the support of personnel from neighboring units (41 and 21) of the Campana prison complex, control was regained. Two agents and several young people injured. besides, more than 20 detainees were transferred to prisons 21, 41 and to the Florencio Varela complex.
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