e) Testimony of Gloria Carolina Noemí Nicora de Martínez, official with the Office of the Director General of Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice and Labor The witness worked at the Center from March to July 2001, providing social assistance and advisory assistance on craftsmanship projects. Later she provided assistance to the youths who were transferred to the various prisons in the country. The inmates wanted to talk about drug abuse, prevention and treatment, since a number of them were addicts. The inmates were grateful for and content with her work; however, two attempted assaults were made on her.
As for the families, her working group succeeded in making the visits to inmates a more fluid process. And during visiting hours they saw progress as regards the affective ties between inmates and their families.
The Center had an inmate population of 220, distributed among eight cellblocks. The schedule of the working group was 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. They rotated, working with two or three cellblocks per day.
They received UNICEF support for the purchase of clothing, mattresses, blankets and Articles of personal hygiene for the inmates.