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Opinion – Panel SA: Minas Gerais will have the first profitable ‘Febem’ in the country


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An agreement reached between the Union, the government of Minas Gerais and the UN provides for the construction of two rehabilitation centers for young offenders that, in addition to social commitment, function as a profitable business. The bid is expected to take place in March next year.

With private investments of around R$ 800 million over a thirty-year contract, the public-private partnership wants to operate with an average rate of return of 10% per year to the company that wins the competition, a business model that, if successful , should be replicated in other states.

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Under the agreement, the private sector will be responsible for the construction, management and care of the two detention centers for young people who have committed crimes. The cities chosen were Betim and Santana do Paraíso. Initially, they will have 90 beds each.

It will be up to the government to supervise the contract and guarantee the safety and integrity of the units.

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The partnership is coordinated by the United Nations Office of Project Services (Unops).

Among the responsibilities of the private partner are to maintain adequate infrastructure in the centers and to provide services to young people.

Multidisciplinary care, education, professional training and actions to strengthen ties with the family and community are planned.

The project’s objective is to improve the service provided to adolescents in compliance with socio-educational measures, increasing the chances of breaking the infraction trajectory.

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