May 14, 2021

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DCR restarts visits of relatives in Social Treatment Centers

Ana Escobar emphasized that visitors will be required to use surgical masks or KN-95 and the use of fabric masks will not be allowed.

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SAN JUAN – The secretary of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCR) Ana Escobar Pabón, reported that she will resume, starting today, Friday the visits in the Social Treatment Centers.

“We are aware of the importance of the reopening of juvenile institutions for the family and relatives of minors. This contact is essential in the rehabilitation process of this population. In order for this to be carried out in a satisfactory manner, at the DCR we made changes in the visitation protocol, ”Escobar Pabón said in written statements.

In the case of juvenile institutions, the designated secretary said that the visits will be made by prior appointments and will be supervised by a social worker.

They will have a weekly visit of one hour and three family members per minor will be admitted.

Visiting hours are from 8:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday will be included if required.

All minor offenders who have not been vaccinated will use additional protective articles during the visit, such as a protective gown, surgical mask or KN-95, Face sheild, gloves and any other equipment that is required.

Escobar Pabón emphasized that visitors will be required to use surgical masks or KN-95 and the use of fabric masks will not be allowed.

Also, packages will not be accepted.

In addition, he said that the visitors will go through a registration process and will complete a symptom surveillance screening interview, which includes a process of hand sanitization and temperature taking by the staff of the Correctional Health Services Program.

If symptoms are present, entry will not be allowed.

The designated secretary added that as a preventive measure, the nursing staff of each center will carry out antigen tests on visitors and if it is negative, they will proceed to enter the center.

If it is positive, the visitor will not be allowed to enter.

The tests will be provided by the Department of Health in coordination with Physician Correctional. On the other hand, they reported that the DCR placed modules with acrylics in the visitation area in all Social Treatment Centers to guarantee distance and avoid physical contact.

Additionally, DCR staff will clean and disinfect the visiting cubicle before and after each visit.

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