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Johannesburg - Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele went on a study tour of Spanish prisons on Thursday, his department said.
The minister and his delegation visited the Aranjuez Prison, in the town of the same name, where couples, (both offenders) can live together with children under three years, spokesman Logan Maistry said in a statement.
It is the only prison of its kind in Spain.
Ndebele was accompanied by community corrections chief deputy commissioner Pumla Mathibela and Eastern Cape regional commissioner Nkosinathi Breakfast.
On Wednesday, they were at the Araba Prison, in the province of Alava, a polyvalent maximum security facility with a state-of-the-art security system.
Men and women were allowed to work together and wore their own clothes. They worked in the canteen, in workshops, and did gardening and cleaning, he said.
“Private companies bring in work to the prison, and inmates earn a salary to support themselves and their families.”
Maistry said prisoners had tailor-made treatment programmes which catered for socio-psychological services, education, work, sport, and culture.
On Tuesday, the delegation met the general secretary of Penitentiary Institutions of Spain, Angel Yuste Castillejo. He presented various aspects of security in prisons.