Dani Alves transferred to new prison: Brian 2, a high-security penitentiary center in Esteve Sesrovires with better living conditions

The focus is on the recent move of a well-known soccer player who has been accused of sexual assault and ordered to provisional imprisonment without bail. The individual has been transferred from one penitentiary center to another, which offers better-equipped cells and private showers, among other amenities. The center provides various facilities and services to the inmates.
  1. Dani Alves, the former Barcelona player and Brazilian international, has been ordered to provisional imprisonment without bail for a crime of sexual assault.
  2. He was transferred to the penitentiary center Brians 1, in Sant Esteve Sesrovires. Still, after three nights, he was moved to Brians 2, a neighboring prison that offers better-equipped cells and safety measures for the inmates.
  3. Brians 2 offers individual cells with private showers, an auditorium, a swimming pool, a mini-frontón, and an indoor sports court, among other amenities and services.

Last Friday, the head of the 15th Court of Barcelona ordered provisional imprisonment, without bail, for the former Barcelona player and Brazilian international Dani Alves, accused of a crime of sexual assault.

On Friday, the footballer was transferred to the penitentiary center Brians 1, inaugurated in 1991 and located in Sant Esteve Sesrovires. And after spending three nights in that prison, this Monday, the ex-player of Sevilla, PSG, and Juventus, among others, has been transferred to another center.

This morning Dani Alves has left Brians 1 and is already in Brians 2, the neighboring prison, which has better-equipped cells that guarantee the “safety” of the inmates and the “normal coexistence in the center.” He is in module 13, dedicated to prisoners for crimes against sexual freedom, and at least the first days, and he will share a cell with another inmate, who will exercise the role of “trusted prisoner” whose mission is to help overcome the feeling of anguish and stress that can cause entering prison.

Small modules with individual cells and private showers

Image of an individual cell at Brians 2 taken in 2007, when the Jose Maria Alguersuari center was inaugurated.
Image of an individual cell at Brians 2 taken in 2007, when the Jose Maria Alguersuari center was inaugurated.

The Brians 2 penitentiary center was inaugurated 16 years ago in Sant Esteve Sesrovires, in the Baix Llobregat region, by the then president of the Generalitat, José Montilla, and the former Minister of Justice, Montserrat Tura.

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Broadly speaking, Brians 2 stands out for its “modular and multipurpose” conception and with an architectural and functional philosophy designed so that “the inmates have a first reference space, which is the whole residential module” and, secondly, “the cell itself as a more intimate space.” This is what the Generalitat states on its website.

Specifically, the Brians 2 penitentiary center has 14 residential modules, each with three floors and 72 cells. In addition, there are two more modules “for specific services and profiles.” Each module has a commissary “with basic products for the inmates,” a medical office, occupational workshops, dining rooms, a hairdressing salon, and other services.

The Brians 2 indoor sports center, in a photograph taken in 2007 Jose Maria Alguersuari
The Brians 2 indoor sports center, in a photograph taken in 2007 Jose Maria Alguersuari

Regarding the cells in Brians 2, they are individual or for two people since “one of the center’s objectives is also to improve the quality of life of the inmates and their conditions of internment,” as announced on the day of the inauguration of the center. In the case of the Barcelona Model, which closed in 2017, six inmates could live together in the same cell.

Another feature of Brians 2 is that each cell has its own shower. Thus, Dani Alves will avoid having to go to communal showers. The administration is covered from any possible future complaint in case any other prisoner manages to photograph the soccer player or make public information about his day-to-day life inside the prison.

About the inmates of the center, most are convicted. Still, some are also on remand, as the footballer, and although the decision of the Ministry of Justice to transfer an inmate, as has happened with the player, is not usual, nor can it be considered an exception, as it has happened before.

Auditorium, swimming pool, mini-frontón, and even an indoor sports court

Image of the outdoor pool at Brians 2, photographed in 2007 Jose Maria Alguersuari
Image of the outdoor pool at Brians 2, photographed in 2007 Jose Maria Alguersuari

In total, the Brians 2 penitentiary center occupies a 14-hectare site. It has many other facilities, such as a communications area with 40 rooms, 30 rooms for family visits, 30 for intimate visits, eight for judges and lawyers, two for videoconferencing, and two for line-ups.

The Conselleria de Justícia also highlights on its website that, among other services, the penitentiary center offers “regulated studies, non-regulated studies, artistic activities, other occupational activities, and social education programs.”

And concerning some of its most outstanding facilities, with the aim of “fostering interpersonal relationships, communication skills and participation on the part of inmates,” Brians 2 also has computer and music classrooms, an auditorium with a capacity for 250 people, an indoor multi-sports court, three mini-fronton courts, an indoor gym, a swimming pool, a central library and terraces for free activities.