Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2007
This description of Faustino Zapico García's work was prepared when Faustino Zapico García was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
Faustino Zapico has reformulated the structure of the prison system to break the subculture that transforms these institutions into schools of crime. Where the “law of silence”, confrontation, and mistrust have been the prevailing attitudes, now trust and values are transmitted through micro-societies that are co-managed by the inmates along with the prison workers. With a foundation on humane treatment, this alternative model offers constant immersion in formal and non-formal education in the values and skills necessary for successful reinsertion into society.
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