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Professor Marco Manacorda and Dr Francesco Fasani participate in an IADB program to evaluate an inmate rehabilitation program in El Salvador

Tuesday 11 March 2014

F.Fasani (middle) visiting a Granja Penitenciaria
F.Fasani (middle) visiting a Granja Penitenciaria

Professor Marco Manacorda and Dr Francesco Fasani, both from the School of Economics and Finance, have been invited by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to develop an impact evaluation strategy for an inmate rehabilitation program in El Salvador, “Granjas Penitenciarias” (Penitentiary Farms).

F.Fasani (first on the left) visiting the Central Penitentiary Monitoring Unit of the Department of Justice of El Salvador
F.Fasani (first on the left) visiting the Central Penitentiary Monitoring Unit of the Department of Justice of El Salvador

The program is about the relocation of inmates from prisons to farms, where they are involved in agricultural work and enrolled in educational and training activities. The expectation is that the program will reduce participants’ reoffending and promote subsequent labour market insertion, while at the same time reducing prison overcrowding. At the end of September, Dr Fasani travelled to San Salvador for an initial appraisal of the programme. During the visit he met with officials from the Department of Justice and visited some prisons and Granjas.

The IADB provides finance for projects and research that aim to improve the economic and social development of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

F.Fasani (first on the right) visiting a Granja Penitenciaria (prison farm)
F.Fasani (first on the right) visiting a Granja Penitenciaria (prison farm)
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