The Buenos Aires Legislature approved the Reiterance Law: “A fundamental step to end the revolving door”

The Buenos Aires Legislature approved the Reiterance Law: “A fundamental step to end the revolving door”
The Buenos Aires Legislature approved the Reiterance Law: “A fundamental step to end the revolving door”

The Buenos Aires Legislature approved the Reiteration Law

The Buenos Aires Legislature approved this Thursday the Law of Reiteration, which, among other things, means that repeat offenders will wait for judicial decisions in preventive detention. For the head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, Jorge Macri, it is “a fundamental step to end the revolving door”.

The project It was approved with 36 affirmative votes and 21 negative votes.. The blocks that opposed, with strong criticism, were those of Unión por la Patria (UxP) and the Left Front (FIT).

“The Buenos Aires Legislature approved the Reiterance Law, a project that we sent from the Executive Branch to that criminals who reoffend await sentencing for the new crime in prison. I want to thank the legislators for their support of this law, which was also a commitment we made in the campaign. We continue to make an increasingly safe and orderly City,” the mayor celebrated on his social networks.

In a video that he attached, the former mayor of Vicente López stated: “In the City, about half of the crimes are committed by repeat offenders.”. This number is overwhelming and reflects the failure of the system that, instead of putting them behind bars, leaves them free. But that’s over.”

Jorge Macri celebrated the approval of the Reiterance Law

It was Macri himself who at the end of March sent a project to the Legislature to completely modify the City’s Criminal Procedure Code. Its objective was to toughen penalties for those who repeat crimes. and that those who have open judicial cases remain detained during the process.

In mid-May, the commissions chaired by Ines Parry (UCR Evolution) and Hernan Reyes (Vamos por Más), together with other legislators and the first vice president of the Legislature, Matías López, received experts to analyze the project and the other projects presented by different legislators, which are focused mainly on the modification of article 181 and others of Law 2303 on criminal repetition.

This Thursday, the official project finally triumphed, which, regarding the modification of Article 182 of the Criminal Procedure Code of CABA, inincorporates criminal repetition as a new objective circumstance to evaluate the risk of escape when declaring preventive detention.

He also spoke about it Ines Parry, who highlighted that “it is a law that aspires to be one more tool for the complex justice and security system.” Although he believes that “It is difficult for this law alone to resolve the revolving door overnight.“It is clear that whoever commits a crime has to go to prison.”

“This partially mitigates insecurity but That situation will really improve when we start to have full employmentand when the country gets going,” warned the radical legislator.

Graciela Ocaña, from Confianza Pública, analyzed: “We have built a project that will give justice one more tool. I don’t think it’s unconstitutional. Ensures safety for neighbors”.

Among the dissidents, Graciana Penafortfrom Unión por la Patria, stated: “This project is unconstitutional, it violates guarantees such as the principle of innocence. “It intends to treat as guilty people who have requests for trial in previous cases, that is, without a sentence.”

“What criminal repetition does is destroy a principle that is elementary, which is the principle of innocence. They are trying to go to a state of exception, now everyone is going to be guilty until proven otherwise“, Shooting Celeste Fierrofrom the Left Front.

On the other hand, from now on The courts must communicate convictions to foreigners to the National Directorate of Migration. The obligation to communicate is also established with respect to foreigners serving a custodial sentence as provided for in National Law No. 25,871.

Another approved point that also generated controversy has to do with the emergency raids. The new law indicates that the existence of urgent raids is justified without a prior court order in specific cases such as fires, explosions, or when imminent crimes are well-foundedly suspected. Besides, The police or security forces may carry out the search without a court order in clearly defined emergency situations, such as the presence of an accused at the scene or clear indications of the commission of a crime.. It is also clarified that in all cases, once emergency actions have been carried out, the judge and the prosecutor must be notified immediately.

Finally, Specific circumstances are included to evaluate the risk of flight: roots in the country, the magnitude of the expected sentence, the behavior of the accused during the process and the repetition of the crime..

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