m) Testimony of María Vilma Talavera de Bogado, official with the Ministry of Education and Culture The Youth and Adult Education Center No. 118 was located in the ‘Panchito López’ Center. It was staffed with three teachers from the Ministry of Justice and Labor. The witness does not know how the education center operated inside ‘Panchito López’ because she only had access to the information on the school’s operation after it was moved to the Itauguá Education Center.
n) Testimony of María Elizabeth Flores Negri, researcher Based on the different investigations she has done on prison life at the Comprehensive Education Center, the situation has evolved from one of “complete indolence and disinterest on the part of the system for the administration of justice […] to a system that is increasingly more attentive” to the inmates’ procedural guarantees and living conditions.
She was first acquainted with the ‘Panchito López’ Center when it was in the city of Emboscada. Then it was an old building, damp, with hygienic problems. It was totally unsuited for housing adult inmates, much less juveniles.
When the Center moved to Asunción, it drew more attention because of the constant complaints made by inmates and other interested institutions. The latter found it much easier to observe the Center once it was in Asunción because it was more accessible and closer. The increase in visits by defense attorneys and relatives was immediate and striking. However, living conditions did not change much, since the inadequacy of its infrastructure was obvious; the facility was much smaller and had much less space than it did before.
She received complaints of mistreatment and torture of adolescents when the Center was in Emboscada and when it moved to Asunción. When she received informal complaints, she contacted the national authorities, especially the Office of the Attorney General of the State. However, the responses obtained in the various cases were “consistently unsatisfactory; no one has ever tried to find out who was to blame and no preventive measures have been taken for the future.”