$35 Million Budget To Implement New Advertorial System
Monday, May 24 2010 @ 08:07 am EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Here's an idea. Why not just add time to the sentences of prison inmates who are caught with any kind of prohibited contraband - including cell phones. If authorities find a cell phone in your cell, you're going to do another year in La Joya - all twelve guys in that cell. Those things will be like hot potatoes and you'll see them flying out of the windows, over night. The new "advertorial system" is an effort to change Panama's judicial system into something more like what we have in the United States. Right now everything is done on paper, it's slow and inefficient. Changing to the new "advertorial system" will take a lot of money, and so far successive governments have talked about making the change, but thus far no one has stepped up with the money to actually make it happen. The goal is to modernize the judicial system, and to move cases through the system in a more transparent and efficient manner. Finally, one observation - why is the Tourism guy talking about crime, reforms to the judicial system, and the management of prisons? Is the Minister of Government and Justice going to talk about how many new hotel rooms are being built in Panama, or revenues from tourism? Is the Minister of Education going to talk about road construction?