Centro Penitenciario Tenerife II
Camino escaño, s/n
  38290 La Esperanza, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
(+34) 922 869 500 ext. 427930
(+34) 922 620 018
The Penitentiary Administration
The Penitentiary Institution is an important piece for the security of a country and also insocial intervention. Only by developingplaces for treatment, re-education and rehabilitation for those people who have committed a crime, may we give effective responses that increase our security and our public freedom.
The purpose and main objective, of the institution that is constitutionally entrusted, is the follow up andoversight of all activities aimed at providing the public services of executing penalties and judicial measures.
For this purpose, the proper planning and the management of the Penitentiary Institutions, the territorial coordination with the different peripheral services (prison establishments), the promotion of institutional collaboration projects that improve the objectives of the prison institutions, as well as those actions that promote the promotion and compliance of alternative measures.
Re-education and social re-integration
The purposes of the penitentiary treatment.
Following the constitutional mandate that in article 25.2 provides that "custodial sentences and security measures shall be aimed at re-education and social reintegration."  The Spanish penitentiary system is designed for prison treatment as a set of actions directly aimed at achieving this purpose.
Our prison system is developed for an intervention in a broad sense, which not only includes the therapeutic assistance activities, but also training: educational, employment, socio-cultural, recreational and athletic.
In this sense, the Penitentiary Administration guides its intervention and treatment towards the promotion of personal growth, the improvement of the social and employmentabilities and skills, as well as overcoming the behavioural or exclusion factors that motivated the criminal behaviours of each convicted person.
Life in prison
The time in prison serves to re-educate, re-integrate and prepare the person to return to freedom.
In the life of penitentiary establishments, a series of activities take place in one way or another that facilitate and complement the treatment process.
The penitentiary establishments should be a place where the person finds internal positive motivation for a future return to a life with freedom. It should be a place where one acquires new values, where one learns about the respect deserved by others and that others should return.  Where one finds the correct paths by which to lead one’s life and through which one returns to society.
Regulated education and training
The attention to the fundamental right to education recognized to all citizens by article 27 of the Constitution.  Attention to the right of the inmate to have access to cultural and complete development of one’s personhood is recognized in article 25.2 of the same legal document, constituting in the penitentiary, an essential instrument for re-education and social re-integration.
Regulated education
Basic education is a priority for inmates and illiterate inmates, for young people, for foreigners and for those who have specific problems to access education, as well as the development and potential that come from different educational activities.
In recent years there has been a notable effort to enhance educational activities with an increase in the number of professionals in this field, and through engaging less motivated inmates.
Regulated Non-university education
The educational programs taught in the Penitentiary Institution are:
Adult literacy programs.
Knowledge consolidation programs.
Secondary education programs for adults.
Literacy and Spanish programs for foreigners.
Middle and Higher Level Training Cycles.
Official school of Languages.
The education in the penitentiary environment starts from the same point as the General Laws of the Spanish educational system and especially the Organic Law of Education (LOE) and the Organic Law of Improvement of Educational Quality (LOMCE).
Since the publication of Royal Decree 1203/1999 on the integration of EGB Professors of Penitentiary Institutions in the Teacher's Corps, the Educational Administrations of the Autonomous Communities providein their territorial sphere, the educational service at all levels and modalities of Adult Permanent Education, according to the needs and special concern of each penitentiary.
The Penitentiary Administration coordinates with each one of the Educational Administrations of the different Autonomous Communities in two ways:
In each penitentiary establishment, through the Mixed Commissions of Coordination and Follow up, to procure the development of the educational programming with the general programming of the penitentiary centre and to guarantee the provision of the educational service under appropriate conditions.
Through collaboration agreements in educational matters, signed with the Educational Administrations of the Autonomous Communities.
Basic education
The services or educational units, existing in all the penitentiary establishments, determine the courses that the inmate must carry out, which will be compulsory only when one lacks the proper knowledge of the basic education.
When entering a prison, inmates without educational standards completed, are examined by the teacher, to determine the level of education and the educational profile, to determine the compulsory education cycle that should be included.
University regulated education
Currently, as a development of penitentiary legislation, a collaboration agreement has been signed with the National University of Distance Education (UNED) and with the General Secretary of Universities, through which people in prison can carry out the studies taught by UNED (Direct access for people over 25 years of age, Degrees, Degrees to be completed and Doctorate), in identical conditions as the rest of citizens. The student has the corresponding tutoring, counselling (17 penitentiary centres) distance support and teaching materials.
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