Islas Marías, from jail for political prisoners to environmental and cultural center

Today in the morning, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador informed that the Maria Madre Island penitentiary center in the Marías Islands will become a space for art, culture and environmental protection.

The transfer of prisoners will be in the coming months, this space will be for art and environmental culture. Photo: screenshot Twitter @GobiernoMX
The transfer of prisoners will be in the coming months, this space will be for art and environmental culture. Photo: screenshot Twitter @GobiernoMX

Therefore, the penitentiary center will now be a center for environmental education and training of children, adolescents "Muros de agua", José Revueltas; where workshops will be given for the environmental rescue, traditional wisdom, environment, and development of didactic activities.

Destination of the prisoners of Islas Marías

This modernization plan contemplates the release of 200 prisoners from María Madre Island, after having served their sentence; It was also reported that the other 400 prisoners held here will be transferred to prisons close to their homes.

On the other hand, the workers and custodians of the penitentiary system will be relocated in activities that will be carried out with this plan in Islas Marías.

López Obrador indicated that the 400 inmates will be transferred to federal penitentiaries, so in a few months this procedure will begin with absolute respect for human rights, he stressed that it is "a tribute to all the processes of the world."

History of Islas Marías

The penitentiary called Islas Marías was founded by President Porfirio Díaz Mori on May 12, 1905, to protect a penal colony.

This molding, according to Nation 321, was copying the system used in France; so Porfirio Díaz insisted on its installation to house three types of inmates: recidivists for crimes against property, highly dangerous criminals and political prisoners.

In past decades, Islas Marías was the scene of different stories in cinema, art, and literature; leading to create works such as the novel "The Walls of Water" by the Mexican writer José Revueltas in 1941, who was imprisoned in this place.

In a cinema with the film "Las Islas Marías" in 1951, starring Pedro Infante and under the direction of Emilio "El Indio" Fernández.

So today, the federal government indicated that the Marias Islands will be "a space for conservation, environmental education, and training of children and youth."

Famous prisoners in prison

This morning, Francisco Garduño, in charge of the Federal Penitentiary System, announced the list of the most famous prisoners who stepped on that prison:

The writer and political activist José Revueltas, imprisoned for his political ideas close to communism.

The religious Conception Acevedo de la Llata or "Mother Conchita". She was imprisoned from 1929 to 1940, accused of being the intellectual author of the murder of Álvaro Obregón.

Pancho Valentino, a prisoner from 1957 to 1977, a professional wrestler who murdered a priest and looted a church in today's Colonia Escandón.

José Ortiz Muñoz, alias "El Sapo", one of the most bloodthirsty criminals. He assassinated to stabs Isidro Martínez García, a Cuban migrant. For this reason, he was sentenced to 28 years in prison, but later he was sentenced to 40.

There were also missionaries who professed faith to the prisoners.

The most famous was "Father Trampitas", Juan Manuel Martínez Macías, who, as a volunteer, arrived at the prison to profess the faith and remained there for 37 years.

Benefits of this program

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador explained that there will be a process of reconstruction of the Marías Islands, so that in this year the camps for children, youth and seniors begin, in coordination with the help of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) and other dependencies.

In reference to the cost of this management, the president indicated that there will be savings, "an amount of 700 million pesos was calculated, for the costs of maintaining this criminal, but we have that in the analysis, but we did not want to make it known, It is not the most important".

Caribbean paradise

Recall that the Marías Islands are located in the Mexican Pacific, consisting of the islands of María Madre, María Magdalena, María Cleofas and the small island of San Juanito, located in the port of San Blas, Nayarit.

However, if you are in the Yucatan Peninsula or in the Riviera Maya, you can reach this Caribbean paradise by ferry.

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