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EDITION N° 12

SOCIAL CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT BEHIND BARS

Regardless of the crime, schooling or age of the inmates, the programs offered inside La Picota prison have been quite well received by the staff deprived of liberty.
Hernando Manjarrés Altahona
SENA Capital District journalist
2022/JANUARY

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At 7:30 in the morning, the communications group of our Entity enters La Picota maximum-security penitentiary, a prison that houses more than 7,000 inmates convicted of different crimes. Our objective is to know the interns who study with SENA.
SENA offers different training courses through the Center for Wood Technologies and Construction, led by three instructors who have been sharing their knowledge and training interns for several years.
Through an agreement that has been carried out for several years with La Picota prison in Bogotá, SENA offers training programs in Construction, Maintenance, and Repair of Structure in Guaduas, which is the most requested by the prison population. Likewise, Carpentry Technicians, Carpentry Operators, and all the complementary courses required.
The instructor Pedro Sánchez, provides training about the different cuts of wood in the workshops of the prison center.

The programs offered inside La Picota prison have been well received by its inmates. In this penitentiary, SENA continuously offers different training courses.

“I had the opportunity to complete the technical course in Guadua. I want to continue improving to have another opportunity outside. It took me one year and three months to finish it, and I learned how to disassemble, process, and embed Guadua. I will certainly practice it when I regain my freedom” William Saldaña, intern and apprentice, points out.
The Guadua structures inside the prison are designed and built by the apprentices of the mentioned programs. They use these structures for different purposes, such as dressing rooms in the gym, and meeting places for security guards, inmates, and visitors.
“We are here changing lives in the process of resocialization with the people deprived from their liberty, SENA is at the forefront with its various programs and let’s say that it is immersed in the entire training chain, from complementary to graduate programs” Expresses the instructor Pedro Gómez who, along with three other instructors, has been providing training in the prison for about six years.

SOCIAL CHANGE AND IMPROVEMENT BEHIND BARS

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Carlos Mario Estrada Molina: SENA General Director.
Pilar Navarrete Rivera: SENA Head Office Communications.
Editorial Committee: Guillermo Martin, Karen Camacho y Fernando García. General Information: Journalists General Direction Regional Communicators. Design: República Audiovisual.