Nowadays the State of Santa Catarina has seven prison units in operation and recently the Government has authorized the construction of a new unit in São Bento do Sul city.
The prison system in Santa Catarina is considered a reference in the country for its policies regarding inmate labor. In São Cristóvão do Sul unit 100% of the prisoners work and 25% of their earnings is used in improvements of prison unit.
The construction of a new prison complex is planned in order to increase the capacity in the region of Florianópolis and surrounded cities. The site where it will be built is under screening by the team created by the Secretariat of Justice and Citizenship to execute this project.