An Official Story

by Prison to Prison



These images were taken from videos of the YouTubeaccount of the Uruguayan Ministry of Interior. They were uploaded to the web between June 2014 and February 2018 and show a positive view of the construction process of prison Unit No.1 of Punta de Rieles.

The first one shows –through rendered images and 3D schemes of all the buildings, and with a sweet female voice similar to those that describe telesales products– how this future ‘new generation penitentiary centre, according to the most demanding international standards in terms of prison management and treatment,’ will be. The last one shows us the police operation during the entry of the first handcuffed prisoners.

As part of a new way of communication and, why not, marketingstrategy of the Ministry –which also shows videos of thieves being captured and weekly news reports– the videos are brief, friendly and positive. Its edition combines drone shots, authority visits, interviews with managers and close-ups of the construction process.

In the videos, architecture is the main subject. Phase after phase, the progress percentages of the works are presented with detailed descriptions of what has been done and what remains to be done. The ‘new construction system prefabricated in concrete, never before used in our country’, fast and efficient, seems to be the star of the story. An optimistic official version of progress, technique and architecture.


These images were taken by Prison to Prison from YouTube account 'MInterior Uruguay'.


01


“The Prison Unit No.1 of Montevideo, is a state-of-the-art penitentiary center in accordance with the most demanding international standards regarding prison management and treatment”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Unidad Nº 1 de Montevideo- la primera 'PPP' del país’, 11 June 2014.

02


"It is organized as a small, self-sufficient urban complex with all the spaces and equipment necessary for the re-education and re-socialization of the inmates and for the staff of the National Prison Rehabilitation Institute to develop their work in the best conditions".

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Unidad Nº 1 de Montevideo- la primera 'PPP' del país’, 11 June 2014.


03


"The unit is perfectly structured to differentiate and organize all access, pedestrian and vehicular circulations, guaranteeing the different levels of security”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Unidad Nº 1 de Montevideo- la primera 'PPP' del país’, 11 June 2014.

04


"Active and passive security systems guarantee, in each area as well as in the security border, the adequate custody of the persons deprived of liberty and the necessary security of those who visit and work in the Unit".

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Unidad Nº 1 de Montevideo- la primera 'PPP' del país’, 11 June 2014.


05


"The Unit has three levels of prison classification of medium and low security, with a total space for 1860 inmates and 100 inmates in the center of admission”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Unidad Nº 1 de Montevideo- la primera 'PPP' del país’, 11 June 2014.


06


"The Unit, with its buildings of two or three story and with the appropriate chromatic treatment, is perfectly integrated into the environment, offering the city a modern image, totally remote from the concept of a traditional prison”.

Image and comment taken
from YouTube video: ‘Unidad Nº 1 de Montevideo- la primera 'PPP' del país’, 11 June 2014.


07


"Construction began on Unit No.1 of Punta de Rieles, a prison complex for 2000 inmates. This is the first project carried out under the public-private participation regime. In an area of 55,000 square meters, 25 buildings with unique characteristics will be built”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Manos a la Obra’, 3 December 2015.


08


"The approach that has been given to the work, basically, is an industrialization approach. In other words, in contrast to the artisanal, what has been tried to do is to make it the most industrial as possible. The main concept is to overlap tasks, for example, while the floor movement was being made, pillars were already being manufactured; while pillars are being assembled and plates and cells will be being manufactured. Then the work times are shortened”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Manos a la Obra’, 3 December 2015.

09


"Week by week the growth of the work is very noticeable. The constructive system foresees to install molds here, which are now in full installation, which will allow each module of cells to be built in a serial way ".

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Avance de la construcción de la Unidad Nº 1 Punta de Rieles’, 10 March 2016.





10


"Today, an advance of the work of the Penitentiary Unit No.1 of Punta de Rieles was presented, which is now in the 10th month of construction, which means a 20% of the whole Project”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP- avance de obra’, 13 May 2016.



11


"The technical details of this construction characterize the work as a fast and novel system. Thanks to this modality, the assembly of a cell module is achieved in approximately 20 minutes. Each module has 4 cells, which will accommodate 3 prisoners in each”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP- avance de obra’, 13 May 2016.

12


"The technology in place, never used before in our country, allows building a 12-cell module per day”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Avance de obra Unidad de reclusión Nº 1’, 1 December 2016.



13


"The technology in place, never used before in our country, allows building a 12-cell module per day”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Avance de obra Unidad de reclusión Nº 1’, 1 December 2016.




14


"The technology in place, never used before in our country, allows building a 12-cell module per day”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Avance de obra Unidad de reclusión Nº 1’, 1 December 2016.


15


"For the month of December, it is foreseen the construction of the last cells building”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Avance de obra Unidad de reclusión Nº 1’, 1 December 2016.




16


"Authorities of the Ministries of the Interior, Economy and Housing, visited the work of the Unit of Internment No.1, the first public-private participation project in the country”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Avance de obra Unidad de reclusión Nº 1’, 1 December 2016.



17


"In the work, which began on July 30, 2015, 751 people are working. Since then, no serious accidents have been reported, and an internal audit visit was conducted with satisfactory results”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘75 % Unidad Nº 1 Punta de Rieles PPP’, 21 March 2017.

18


"The process is now on the 23th month of construction, and 773,981,531 ‘indexed units’ have been invested (approximately 106 million dollars)”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP - etapa final’, 31 July 2017.


19


"So far, 97% of the purchases of the entire project have been completed, and the end of the construction is scheduled for the month of October”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP - etapa final’, 31 July 2017.

20


"Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior visited the Unit N°1 of Punta de Rieles, where they were informed about the progress of the work that reaches 90% of construction”.  Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP - etapa final’, 31 July 2017.

21


"Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior visited the Unit N°1 of Punta de Rieles, where they were informed about the progress of the work that reaches 90% of construction”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP - etapa final’, 31 July 2017.

22


"Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior visited the Unit N°1 of Punta de Rieles, where they were informed about the progress of the work that reaches 90% of construction”.  Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘PPP - etapa final’, 31 July 2017.

23


"The National Prison Rehabilitation Institute is carrying out the transfer of persons deprived of their liberty from Unit N°4 of Santiago Vázquez to the new Unit N°1 of Punta de Rieles".

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Trasladan internos a la Unidad Nº 1 de Punta de Rieles’, 16 February 2018.

24


"A sequence of transfers is planned on different dates to bring contingents of 50 to 100 people to occupy the nearly 2,000 places offered by the new rehabilitation center”.
Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Trasladan internos a la Unidad Nº 1 de Punta de Rieles’, 16 February 2018.

25


"For these transfers, the Technical Subdirectorate of the National Prison Rehabilitation Institute selects persons deprived of liberty who will be relocated to the new unit. The process began in October 2017 with the interviews that took place in the Unit No. 4, which was one of the units selected as priority. The recidivism levels were evaluated with this tool, which are combined with the variable 'risk of conflictivity'”.

Image and comment taken from YouTube video: ‘Trasladan internos a la Unidad Nº 1 de Punta de Rieles’, 16 February 2018.