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Regional director Jesus Teruel with two of the centre’s prisoners

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Activities at La Zarza include looking after Estrella the horse

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A boy at La Zarza holds a note saying: ‘I have to behave well for my friends, my family and for my privileges.’

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Prisoners at La Zarza are taught in the school.

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One of three girls at Los Pinos re-educational centre.

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Regional director Jesus Teruel with two of the centre’s prisoners

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Activities at La Zarza include looking after Estrella the horse

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A boy at La Zarza holds a note saying: ‘I have to behave well for my friends, my family and for my privileges.’

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Prisoners at La Zarza are taught in the school.

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Reading at break time. Play-fighting is not allowed.

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One of three girls at Los Pinos re-educational centre.

Tough Love: is this a model prison for children?

reportage for the Guardian Week End Magazine written by Simon Hattenstone and Eric Allison

La Zarza re-educational centre (Murcia) is run by Diagrama, a not-for-profit organisation .