COURT OF JUSTICE OF MINAS GERAIS - TJMG
The Court of the State of Minas Gerais - TJMG - launched in December 2001, the Project Novos Rumos in Penal Execution, aiming to encourage the creation and expansion of the Association for Protection and Assistance to Convicts - APAC , as an alternative of humanization of prison system, in the state of Minas Gerais. APAC method, without losing the sight of the punitive purpose of punishment, it works on the recovery of convicts and their integration into social life. It has the assumption that recovered the offender, society is protected, preventing the emergence of new victims.
This project is coordinated by the Office of the Presidency for Prison Affairs and Penal Execution in the State of Minas Gerais and it was regulated by Resolution Nº 433/2004 from TJMG, published in the Official Newspaper on 1st of May, 2004.
- RESOLUTION Nº 433/2004 - the complete text can be found at: http://www.tjmg.jus.br/institucional/at/pdf/re04332004.PDF
GOVERNMENT OF MINAS GERAIS AND LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLYIn 2004, given the good results obtained by APAC (reduced recidivism rate, low cost, no riots and acts of violence, etc.), was presented a project in the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais and after unanimous approval of all representatives, a law was enacted by the Governor that adds devices to the Law Nº 11.404, on January 25, 1994, which contains provisions on criminal enforcement and dispose about the realization of agreements between the State and APACs.
- Law 15.299/2004, enacted on August 9, 2004- The full text can be found at: www.almg.gov.br/index.asp?grupo=legislacao&;diretorio=njmg&arquivo=legislacao_mineira
MINISTÉRIO PÚBLICO/MG (Public Prosecutor)
In 2004, the Public Prosecutor of Minas Gerais has included in its Plan of Operations, in the Item 24.2*:
"Promote the creation of new Associations for Protection and Assistance to Convicts (APAC), in this State, acting in partnership with non-governmental organizations."
* Normative References