These are the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and García Luna

Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna, privatized Mexican prisons (Photo art: Jovani Pérez Silva)

On the morning of this Wednesday, January 13, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared, during the daily conference, that During Felipe Calderón’s administration, an administrative plan was implemented in Mexican prisons through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme., with which the Mexican State lost millions of dollars.

During his presentation from the National Palace, the head of the federal executive, in the company of Rosa Icela Rodriguez, head of the Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), assured that the government of the 4T will thoroughly investigate the use of resources, since such a scheme is unsustainable.

“(We are going to report) Also the privatization of prisons as an example of the atrocities that they did during the neoliberal period, the businesses of the private and public sectors, that hodgepodge, that close link between private business and public business, or how private business was done under the protection of public powerAs the powers, economic power and public power were nourished with this type of business. So that it is known why we cannot continue with the old regime, and why those who committed these robberies want to return these frauds to the people to the nation, “said AMLO.

Cost by entity of the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: SSPC)

Cost by entity of the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: SSPC)

According to Rodríguez Velázquez, Only in 2020 15,000 million pesos were paid in private prisons. The monthly cost for each inmate was estimated at 114,588 pesos, and a little more than 3,000 pesos per day.

According to the data presented by the SSPC, the national treasury was affected by 15,562,904,661.42 pesos in eight entities where you are in jails just last year. The total prison population of these penitentiaries is 12,284, which means that of the total paid to private companies in 2020 they were paid 1,266,924.83 pesos for each inmate.

The states and assigned resources where the scheme promoted by Genaro García Luna operates are: Sonora with 1,819,178,375.80 pesos, Guanajuato with 1,808,872,216.13 those, Oaxaca 1,771,913,9321.21 pesos, Durango with 1,875,746,155.16, Chiapas with 2,001,045,958.10, Morelos (female) with 1,867,318,618.95 pesos, Michoacán with 2,230,024,529,875.0 pesos and Coahuila 2,19.09 pesos and Coahuila 2,19.08 pesos.

Cost of the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: SSPC)

Cost of the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: SSPC)

When observing the figures, it can be deduced that the prison that spent the most was the one in Michoacán; However, in relation to prisoners – cost, the Morelos female prison was the most expensive, since an annual average of 2,308,181.23 pesos was invested on each inmate. Which per day represents an amount of 6,411.61 pesos.

It should be remembered that the promoter of this scheme was Genaro García Luna, former head of the SSPC during Felipe Calderón’s period and who is now imprisoned in the United States for a drug trafficking investigation, which has brought to light alleged relations of the UAM engineer with organized crime, where he favored the Sinaloa Cartel, formerly led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán, with information, infrastructure and omission.

Cost per contract of the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: SSPC)

Cost per contract of the prisons privatized by Felipe Calderón and Genaro García Luna (Photo: SSPC)

However, the budget problem does not end there. In nine years of implementation, the Mexican government has only paid 36% of the debt contracted, which is equivalent to 75,661,735,763 pesos. That is, there is an amount of debt of 190,638,819,084 pesos.

The national president assured that the contracts made between 2010 and 2011 will be investigated, since they already have in their hands the names of the original service providers, as well as the current ones, which he exposed in a graph.

He also said that this was a monopoly act, because in the review carried out during his administration, it was found that of the hundreds of billions that have been paid, only six companies monopolized that capital. Leave Quantiums SA de 105. has a contract with Sonora and Guanajuato; GIA SA de CV signed in the state of Oaxaca; Duranguense Concessionaire Dip for Penitentiary Infrastructure SA de CV he has dealings with Durango; Capital Inbursa S.A. de C.V. closed a deal with Chiapas and Morelos; Concessionaire in Infraestructura Penitenciaria de Michoacán SA de CV signed with Michoacán; and Black Rock S.A. de C.V. he also signed with Guanajuato. In the exposed slides, the one from Coahuila was missing.

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