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Simón Bolívar prison is evacuated to activate workshops attended by former inmates

More than 150 prisoners were transferred to other prisons from the “Simón Bolívar” New Men Training Center located in El Paraíso, Caracas.

Around 154 prisoners were transferred to other prisons from the “Simón Bolívar” New Men Training Center located in the El Paraíso urbanization, Caracas.

The House of Reeducation and Artisan Work, known as La Planta, operated in those spaces from 1964 until May 2012 when the then Minister Iris Varela completed its eviction. Subsequently, with renovated facilities, Varela inaugurated the Simón Bolívar New Men Training Center in 2017, whose eviction was reported this Sunday by the Minister for the Penitentiary Service Celsa Bautista.

“We have evacuated the prison population from the Training Center…”, confirmed the Minister through her account on the social network for Graduates and with Benefits of the Penal System,” added the Minister.

“We will also activate trade areas such as textiles, bakery and automotive mechanics from the Penitentiary Labor Fund Autonomous Institute, with labor from graduates of the penal system,” he said.

Through testimonies from family members we were able to learn that some inmates from Simón Bolívar were transferred to the Capital Rodeo I Judicial Confinement Center (Guatire, Miranda) and the 26 de Julio Center for Prosecuted Persons (San Juan de los Morros, Guárico), among others.


Last Tuesday, May 28, the Minister of the Interior, Justice and Peace, Remigio Ceballos Ichaso, reported the creation of the General Staff for Penitentiary Care aimed at “strategically addressing the needs of the (inmate) population to guarantee procedural speed.”

The aforementioned body will be made up of the citizen security bodies and the Penitentiary System, Ceballos highlighted during an event held at the Experimental Security University.

The approach to which the Minister alludes in the different prison centers is aimed "at the prevention and attention of adverse situations that may arise in these facilities."

Regarding that point, Ceballos, who is Sector Vice President for Citizen Security and Peace, revealed that they detected a plan to alter the peace in national prisons.

“We have names, we have information, we have advanced investigations of individuals who are trying to disturb the peace in the penitentiaries and we are going after them,” said Minister Ceballos Ichaso.

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· Escape of inmates has characterized the life of the Hombres Nuevos Simón Bolívar Training Center, which is why they have rotated directors on at least 9 occasions since 2019, according to testimonies.

· In addition to escapes, there have been situations such as the one in November 2023 when the authorities detained the director of Simón Bolívar, Argenis José Guerra Barreto, who allegedly consented to the entry and exit for up to 15 days of Juan Carlos Araujo Durán, president of Producciones Solid Show, sentenced to 30 years in prison for drug trafficking. From that prison, the subject organized the Romeo Santos concert that occurred on December 10, 2023 in La Carlota, an event that resulted in fraud, according to the investigation by the Public Ministry.

· Last Good Friday, three Colombian prisoners who were prosecuted for terrorism escaped. Due to this, the Cicpc captured the director of Simón Bolívar, identified as Dani Azócar.

· In July 2019, another leak occurred. On that occasion, three men of Mexican nationality who were held in the Simón Bolívar Training Center. For this reason, they also arrested the director of the aforementioned prison, identified as Valentín Angarita Pineda, and the guards Eyiber Zuleivy Chacón de Sánchez and José Manuel Guaparuma Tovar, who were charged with the crimes of aggravated favored evasion and association.

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