In its infancy, the Cracolândia plan is already causing controversy with the church and the MP

Sao Paulo – The new plan to counter Cracolandia, which is being ready collectively by the governor Tarcisio de Freitas (Republicans) with the mayor of the capital Ricardo Nunez (MDB), has already triggered controversy amongst the entities which were dealing with the drawback for years in the middle of São Paulo, as The Catholic Church and the Public Ministry of São Paulo (MPSP).

The central level of disagreement is the thought of ​​selling necessary mass hospitalization of drug addicts who frequent Cracolandia, a technique thought of ineffective by Father Giulio Lancelotti of the Pastoral do Povo da Rua and the Office of the Public Prosecutor for Human Rights of the MPSP.

Mandatory hospitalization is Tarcísio’s marketing campaign banner. The governor claims that drug customers who’ve been on the avenue for a very long time not have the means to acknowledge the state of affairs. Last week, Mayor Ricardo Nunes took the similar stance, saying the authorities has an obligation to supply care to addicts who’ve been on the streets for 5 years.

Shortly after taking workplace three weeks in the past, Tarcisio appointed his deputy, Felicio Ramut (PSD), to coordinate the authorities’s actions associated to Cracolandia. On the aspect of City Hall, Nunes gave the mission to Government Secretary Edson Aparecido.


As of this Monday (1/23), the job drive that can focus on the matter formally begins work, however these chargeable for the matter have already held conferences with different entities since final week to deal with Cracolândia.

What they hear in the conversations, nevertheless, contradicts the assertion of the two brokers: hospitalizations in opposition to the affected person’s will don’t work if they’re carried out en masse and disconnected from different actions.

“If half of the people who find themselves there need hospital locations, they will be unable to attend,” Father Julio Lancelotti instructed metropolises. “Also, in these clinics, individuals solely keep there if they’re excessive all the time,” he added.

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Lancelotti additionally emphasised the must fight the entry of crack into the area. “She does not seem there. There is organized crime. And crime is organized as a result of it entails public brokers.

Felicio Ramut obtained the priest to debate the matter final week. He and Edson Aparecido additionally approached the Public Ministry for a gathering.

Human rights defender Arthur Pinto Filho, who attended the assembly, stated there was a sequence of experiences adopted over the previous decade that proved fascinating and may very well be expanded upon.

He cited the actions taken by former mayors Gilberto Kassab (PSD), who put in well being tools in the area, and Fernando Haddad (PT), who adopted a coverage of hurt discount, providing housing and work to dependents in the area with out requiring instant stopping drug use.

“The concern of motels (for housing of dependents), for instance, was an fascinating motion. It is essential that these motels aren’t positioned in the space the place the addict has contact with the drug seller. And individuals ought to have a job supply, a paid job,” says the organizer.

On the different hand, Pinto Filho sees as constructive the risk of ending Operation Caronte, which was carried out by the police and the metropolis corridor and triggered the dispersion of addicts on the streets of the central space of ​​the metropolis.

More service construction

To broaden the hospitalization of chemical addicts, one among the actions that the two governments should implement is to strengthen the Reference Center on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (Cratod).

The service, from the state authorities and which helps psychiatric care, is a portal for individuals who want hospitalization on the community. The matter was on the agenda at a gathering held Friday at the state Department of Health and is scheduled to be the topic of one other assembly this week.

Vacancies for hospitalization in the state authorities are obtained in outsourced clinics hitherto contracted by the Social Development Secretariat and principally run by welfare organizations affiliated to spiritual organizations. Ramut additionally had conferences with managers of those entities final week.

In a earlier try, the Court of São Paulo (TJSP) even created an annex in Kratod to evaluate the want for obligatory hospitalization. They can solely happen for a interval of 90 days and if there is no relative of the affected person to determine on hospitalization.

But a research printed in the Revista Jurídica da Escola Superior do Ministério Público, which tracked 15 circumstances of obligatory hospitalization that occurred in 2013 and 2014, pointed to eight circumstances wherein sufferers escaped hospitalization or ran away from residence or different well being providers after the first remedy.

surveillance cameras

In addition to the actions for well being care and social help, the metropolis corridor is additionally creating a surveillance program with cameras in the central space with 20,000 items of kit.

The presence of facial recognition software program is one among the controversial factors of the proposal and is the topic of an investigation by the Ministry of Public Rights. The tender for the program, budgeted at R$70 million, has been suspended by the Municipal Court of Audit (TCM).

Mayor Ricardo Núñez’s proposal, offered at the finish of December, is to create a monitoring middle in the historic Correios constructing in Vale do Anhangabaú, managed by the Metropolitan Civil Guard (GCM) in partnership with the Military Police.

Nunes was criticized for Operation Caronte, which dispersed the customers of the so-called “circulate”, which was concentrated close to Estação Júlio Prestes and Praça Princesa Isabel.

Health and social care brokers who’ve labored with this neighborhood now report difficulties, for instance, to find sufferers who had been receiving remedy for a variety of illnesses associated to avenue life, as they’re unfold out in no less than 9 places.

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