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(CNN Spanish) --
(CNN Spanish) --
The Chilean authorities signed an agreement on Wednesday that will allow the participation of inmates in the constituent process.
The Minister of Justice and Human Rights, Hernán Larraín;
the undersecretary of Justice, Sebastián Valenzuela, and the national director of the Gendarmerie, Christian Alveal, signed two protocols in this regard.
The first document regulates the action of conventions within the penal precincts and the second is for the organization of councils in the country's prisons.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Justice, Larraín stated that with the signing of these protocols, a process begins that is in line with the work of reinsertion of persons deprived of liberty.
The agreement provides that the signatories undertake to carry out "all the actions that are pertinent" that foster conditions for the effective participation of those deprived of liberty.
In addition, criteria were agreed to select the 38 penal precincts where councils will be held, based on the representativeness of their penal population and taking into account criteria of territorial justice, parity, and plurinationality.
On May 15 and 16, 2021, elections were held in Chile to elect the Constituent Convention, which will aim to draft a new Constitution.
The current one is from 1980, inherited from the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.
The body will have a period of 9 months, extendable for 3 more, to present a new constitutional text.
It is estimated that in mid-2022 Chile will go to a plebiscite again to approve or reject the new Magna Carta.