“Eight out of ten people who leave prison do not commit any crime again”

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The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, appearing in a meeting in Cuenca, highlighted that the reoffending rate of the prison population is only 20 percent, for which he has assured that “our prison system, which is an international benchmark, is proof that we can be proud of our democratic model”.

Grande-Marlaska has presided over the act of delivery of diplomas to the members of the XLVIII promotion of the Corps of Assistants of Penitentiary Institutions, held in the Auditorium of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in the capital of Cuenca and which they have attended, among other authorities, the Secretary General of Penitentiary Institutions, Ángel Luis Ortiz, and the mayor of the city, Darío Dolz.

In his speech, the Minister of the Interior stressed that “eight out of ten people who leave prisons do not commit any crime again”, a figure that comes from a study in which the Central Penitentiary has been working for more than a year and a half of observation, dependent on the General Secretariat of Penitentiary Institutions, and which will be ready in the coming months.

These statistics, together with those included in the SPACE Report of the Council of Europe released last April, reflect the high level of the Spanish prison administration compared to neighbouring countries.

In addition, Grande-Marlaska reminded the members of the new class that Congress is already studying a bill “with which they want to recognise that you are agents of authority when you carry out your work and that you must also be compensated and repaired in any harm you suffer in the performance of your duties.”

With the delivery of diplomas to the second group of 458 members of the XLVIII promotion of the Corps of Penitentiary Institutions Assistants concludes its selective course that, for the first time since the creation of the Centre for Penitentiary Studies, has been taught in Cuenca.

A total of 916 students have acquired the technical skills necessary for progressive professional integration. During the process they have been divided into two groups that have received training in the facilities of the University of Castilla-La Mancha and in 45 prisons.

The new promotion of assistants is part of the twelfth call with unified access, without male and female scales, and it is the first in which the number of women exceeds that of men, with 57 percent of the total members.