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More than 1,600 offenders repay society with community service

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — More than a thousand inmates have been sent around Playa del Carmen streets to participate in the Civic Community Justice program.

The Government of Solidarity says that so far this year, 1,609 offenders have participated in the Civic Community Justice program, which allows light criminal offenders to preform community work instead of paying a fine.

Thanks to their efforts, the government reports that more than 180 public areas in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras have been improved.

The head of the Directorate of Civic Justice, María de los Milagros Álvarez Vidal, explained that during the month of October alone, 160 people participated in the program who preferred to perform cleaning and renovation of various spaces to pay their debt to the General Directorate of Security Public and Transit.

“During that month, 20 public areas including Bosque Real, Guadalupana, Palmas I and Villas del Sol subdivisions were cleaned, as well as in the Playa del Carmen Center and the Riviera Maya Sports Unit,” she said.

She explained that based on the Rules of Civic Justice, the judge may commute the sanction imposed by another that benefits the offender by sentencing the offender to community work in favor of society.

This program is integrated in the Right Axis Solidarity Security of the Municipal Development Plan 2016-2018, with the goal of reducing the recidivism of the administrative offenses of offenders through community work.