The Catalan prisons propose the second degree for the prisoners of the ‘procés’


‘Process’ case

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This classification would allow them to start enjoying permits as of January when some of the inmates serve a quarter of their sentence.


Armand Calderó

The Treatment Boards of the prisons of Lledoners, Sant Joan de Vilatorrada (Barcelona), Puig de les Basses, in Figueres (Girona) and Mas d’Enric, in El Catllar (Tarragona), have proposed for the independence prisoners sentenced by the Supreme Court by the 1-O classification in second degree, the ordinary regime of deprivation of liberty.

This classification would allow them to start enjoying permits as of January when some of the inmates serve a quarter of their sentence, as is the case with Jordi Sánchez and Jordi Cuixart.

It was explained this Wednesday at a press conference by the secretary of Criminal Measures, Reintegration and Attention to the victim of the Ministry of Justice of the Generalitat, Amand Calderó, who has specified that now the Classification Service has two months to study and ratify it.

Without unanimity

Calderó has admitted that within the prison boards, which have met simultaneously at 9 am, there has been an “intense debate” on whether to classify in second or third degree – the semi-freedom regime -, the one demanded by the prisoners themselves.

However, he has refused to give the result of the votes because they are from a collegiate body, and has reiterated that in the three centers there has been a vote that has left the second degree by majority.

This is the same proposal for former vice-president Oriol Junqueras, ex-ministers Jordi Turull, Josep Rull, Quim Forn, Dolors Bassa, Raül Romeva, former parliamentary speaker Carme Forcadell, former ANC president Jordi Sànchez, and Òmnium Cultural president Jordi Cuixart.

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Permits from January

With this classification, they will not be able to request permits before serving a quarter of the sentence, which means at the end of January for Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart, those who have been in preventive detention the longest.

In addition, in order to request permits, it is necessary that the Classification Service has ratified the second grade beforehand, a decision that Calderó has trusted will be “agile” but that he needs time to work on this issue individually.


Regarding the application of article 100.2, which allows the penitentiary regime to be made more flexible and to leave prison to work, Calderó has said that it is necessary to wait for the classification to be confirmed before raising it, which will then depend on each treatment board and the individual treatment program. treatment of each prisoner if it arises, and that it is an article that there is no deadline to decide to apply it.

This Tuesday, the defenses of the imprisoned ERC leaders already anticipated that the second degree would be applied to them and announced that they would appeal it, and from JxCat, their lawyer, Jordi Pina, showed the firm conviction that the classification should be third degree, a regime of semi-freedom.

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