It is not the usual qualification that warrants a top job in a jail, but for reasons unclear that is exactly what has happened in Faro. The new ‘number two’ at the Algarve capital’s ‘prison establishment’ is a 39-year-old graduate in veterinary medicine.
His appointment was rubber-stamped by Portugal’s director-general of prisons, Celso Manata, reports Correio da Manhã, following a 14-year stint working at the jail – and it is not going down “very well” with colleagues.
Nonetheless, the prison board has refused to comment, simply stressing that one of the requisites for the job is a university degree, and that experience too counts.
The new ‘diretor adjunto’ (deputy director) is understood to have taken his degree while working at the prison, as the date given for graduation is 2009.