The Government approves the operation to build the prisons of the Free Zone

  • The Barcelona City Council grants two lots to make possible the transfer of the Trinitat Vella and Wad-Ras prisons

The Catalan Government approved this Tuesday the transfer operation by the Barcelona City Council of two plots, of 20,000 and 6,500 square meters of surface, for the construction of the new prisons of the Catalan capital in the Zona Franca. These prisons will replace the current ones in Wad Ras, for women, and Trinitat Vella, releasing these areas in the districts of Poblenou and Sant Andreu. The ‘councilor’ for Justice, Lourdes Ciuró, explained in an interview in EL PERIÓDICO that the future venue exclusively for women will be completed before 2027, as it is a necessary and urgent equipment.

In exchange for this transfer, the Generalitat will transfer to the Barcelona City Council the land now occupied by the Trinitat Vella prison for an amount of 5.5 million euros. The construction of social housing is planned on this site. The ‘minister’ of Justice, who appeared on Tuesday after the meeting of the Catalan Executive, stressed: “We are talking about two very old facilities, especially Wad Ras, which was built 103 years ago, therefore it is a necessity to have a new women’s center & rdquor ;.

The Generalitat’s plan is to move the old Trinitat Vella prison and the operating regime center to a 6,500-square-meter site. The investment to build this facility in the Free Trade Zone will amount to about 36.6 million. The jail will have a capacity for 800 inmates and a constructed area of ​​13,000 square meters. The goal is for Trinitat Vella to be empty in 2025 and the new equipment can be released from then on.

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Wad Ras Prison it will be moved to the other site, the largest of the two that the City Council gives up, with an area of ​​20,000 square meters. Will be a prison with a gender perspective and only for women, with a capacity to accommodate around 600 inmates and a constructed area of ​​about 55,000 square meters. The ‘councilor’ emphasized her uniqueness. “This prison must be suitable for women, for pregnant women, for women who breastfeed, for women with children up to 3 years old. And with workshops that promote training and reintegration, free from gender stereotypes, because women should also be able to choose disciplines other than hairdressing, for example & rdquor ;.

The investment for this prison is around 90 million. The forecast is that Wad Ras will be empty before 2027 and the new center can open the same year. Ciuró acknowledged that work is being done to advance these deadlines, “because treatment with a gender perspective in prisons is becoming urgent and we will make every effort to advance the date.”

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