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ElPais: Spanish prisoners find solace on the Camino de Santiago

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Pilger99

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Camino(s) past & future
addicted since 1999 (Aragones, CF), lots of caminos in Spain and Portugal since then
I'm not sure if I met prisoners during the years, but I already came in contact with some younger people who were "stumbling" over common values like going to school, not stealing, avoiding drugs ... and these were sent to this walk instead of other kind of detention or social work. I haven't followed if it was just a experiment or is done on a regular base.

And you may rethink your idea of prisoners. Being in prison does not always mean, staying for months/years behind walls. Some prisoners do their daily work ouside in normal offices or factories and only come back to stay in prison at night.
Do you know?: It's an actual discussion to introduce free wifi/internet in prisons in Berlin (the discussion is mainly about costs and jealousy, because still not every citizen outside will be able to get it). The newly built detention centers already have it.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
There are a couple of northern European countries with camino social programs for juvenile offenders. They have to meet certain criteria and they have a caretaker/guardian who walk with them ... not necessarily step in step. I've met a couple. I think it's done out-of-high-season.
 

Iriebabel

Iriebabel & the cyborg turtle
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2018
Camino Del Norte & part of Lebaniego 2019
There are a couple of northern European countries with camino social programs for juvenile offenders. They have to meet certain criteria and they have a caretaker/guardian who walk with them ... not necessarily step in step. I've met a couple. I think it's done out-of-high-season.
I met a care taker at my albergue last year in in Finesterra was in May
 

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