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Jailed offenders help rehabilitate municipality through program

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The government of Solidaridad is using arrested public offenders to help clean up the municipality through the Community Civic Justice program.

Director of Civic Justice in Solidarity Milagros Álvarez Vidal, says that during the month of July, 160 people were arrested. Many of them have volunteered to clean and provide maintenance in and around the municipality.

He says that 20 different areas of Playa del Carmen have benefited from their work adding that colonies and fractions of Playa del Carmen such as Bosque Real, Bellavista, Centro, Misión de las Flores, Tuscany, Santa Fe and Villas del Sol were restored with cleaning efforts.

Álvarez Vidal explained that through the program, “This initiative allows us to give talks to violators to reduce the recurrence of repeat offenses, as well as explaining the rights and obligations that every citizen must fully comply with.”

He adds that at the same time, the program benefits the municipality as the volunteer offenders contribute to the rescue of public spaces with maintenance, garbage removal and landscaping duties.

“We have contributed to the strengthening of culture and sport with the recovery of spaces, where children, youth and the adult population carry out activities, such as the four parks of Villas del Sol and the Parque a la Madre in Bosque Real,” he said.

The volunteer offenders have also joined in the coastal cleaning project, removing sargazo from the local beaches. That rehabilitation project was in coordination with the General Direction of the Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT).