The territorial delegate of Regeneration, Justice and Local Administration of the Regional Government in Almeria, José Luis Delgado, has signed agreements with seven town councils in the Almanzora Valley so that juvenile offenders from Tíjola, Líjar, Arboleas, Serón, Macael, Urrácal and Suflí can carry out and comply with the open environment measures imposed by the judges, such as community service, in their own localities.
Delgado has valued the collaboration shown between the judiciary, the regional administration and the participating municipalities “for the benefit of minors”, for which he thanked them for their participation in the signing of these agreements with the Regional Ministry led by Juan Marín.
The aim is to allow the execution of those judicial measures of open environment, which do not involve internment, when the Justice Service considers that a minor meets the profile and after the relevant judicial authorisation. The agreements also involve monitoring the minor’s educational activity and the results thereof.
Thus, the provincial head of Justice highlighted the work carried out by these town councils “in a collaborative manner” to promote “retributive justice” with which “the minor firstly acknowledges the error committed and secondly confronts the damage he or she may have caused”.
In short, as Delgado summarised, “it is about the offender taking responsibility, which is achieved with this type of measure”, once the town councils send a list of tasks that can be carried out by the young person in accordance with the framework that appears in the action agreement itself.
Delgado detailed that during the process, the execution of the measures is monitored, as well as a subsequent evaluation of the work carried out under the direction of and in coordination with the Juvenile Court. In this sense, as the competent administration in Juvenile Justice and as stated in the Law on Minors, the Regional Ministry and its delegations have the power to reach this type of agreement with public and private non-profit organisations for the development and fulfilment of these measures.
The performance of these tasks does not imply any type of employment relationship with the Consistory, nor are they remunerated. Furthermore, all of them must be adapted to the minor’s abilities and be related to the activities carried out by the Town Council.
For his part, the mayor of Tíjola, José Juan Martínez, has valued this collaboration between the local administrations and the Regional Ministry of Justice for “facilitating reintegration” and “providing a way out for those young people who have an outstanding issue with the justice system”, so that they can “work for the community”.
“The important thing is that the young person sees himself as useful and that he makes a contribution to the community”, said the mayor of Tijoleño within the process in which the minor offender recognises, at first, that “he has a fault and that this is not the correct behaviour”, so that “we must work to repair the damage he has done” with the support of the administrations to “guide him and provide him with good training”.