This is the favorite writer of the Spanish prisoners

In the libraries of the prison, it is as respondent as Ken Follett, Stephen King or Perez-Reverte (...) Is called Julian Rivers, corresponds with hundreds of in

This is the favorite writer of the Spanish prisoners

In the libraries of the prison, it is as respondent as Ken Follett, Stephen King or Perez-Reverte (...) Is called Julian Rivers, corresponds with hundreds of inmates and their manual to "defend themselves from the prison" (nine editions) it is the favorite book of the inmates

the Opinion of the judge Pablo Ruz: why Julian likes messes

Gabriel killed a police officer during a bank robbery. Because of the exchange of gunfire, he was in a wheelchair. While serving sentence, he began the impairment: became schizophrenic and one day it cracked the belly. Already out, when I had an outbreak, and heard the internal voices that told him that he killed their roommates.

Alberto met him in a room of Traumatology of the Hospital de La Paz. I had a hip and some vertebrae broken after having fallen from a fifth. Since he did not steal. Nor to consume drugs. Spent five years in the same house as Gabriel.

Jesus is presented above. He was cheerful, played the guitar, and remained four years in that apartment. Never overcame his addiction to heroin. They found his body near the river.

Rufino was found when I went out of the prison of Navalcarnero. The inner one was white and asked if he came to Madrid. On the way he told his story. Ended up home with the other. The two years he committed suicide.

If they have something in common, Gabriel, Alberto, Jesus and Rufinus is not only the biography in prison, but also that one day they met a professor of Criminal Law, enthusiastic, stoic, lanky, conciliator and, strikingly generous named Julian Rivers.

it Is a rare day that I do not get a letter from a person prey

Julian Rios

In 25 years, it has welcomed in their home to 115 people that no one wanted, he teaches from the University Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid, gave classes to Pablo Ruz, had several years of a lawyer, works as a mediator criminal, has sat down to talk to a former etarra with the daughter of a civil guard killed by ETA, the man who sold the explosives to the 11-M with one of the victims who was in the train and -in addition-or perhaps because of all this - is the sixth author the most read in the prisons of spain.

it is Not because Julian Rivers type novels of terror or alum best-sellers such as the Rowling. But because he is the author of a behemoth of 1.191 pages, 600 questions, 110 forms, and a lot of tracks titled Handbook of execution of prison. Defend yourself from the prison (with 17,000 copies and distributed nine editions) with which the lawyer teaches the inmates the spaniards to secure their rights inside prison.

"do The women prisoners who have minor children can enter the jail with them?". "What are the next steps at the entrance into the prison when they have taken the person to dam all of the data of affiliation?". "To whom it appeals the denial of a permit?"...

In fact, according to data from Penal Institutions, behind Alberto Vázquez Figueroa, Arturo Perez-Reverte, Ken Follett, Stephen King and Dan Brown, on the list of authors most read is this son of a autobusero and a seamstress who was for 17 years, taking charge of the defence of the prisoners who asked, without charge, a minute.

In a world (the prison) that it is not strange to see blow up bridges, professor Rivers is dedicated to tenderlos. "You have to intervene from the act with the greatest humanity possible, take care of the victim in their deepest needs and try to make the perpetrator aware".

Just be in your house to understand a few things: the new minimalism of a type that is accustomed to stretch his 3,000 euros a university professor until with 11 roommates you have no income.

Just look at the state of your table in the faculty for understanding other: folders and folders with letters of prisoners. From Alicante and from Pontevedra, spain, from Granada and from Barcelona.

- Do you answer them all?

-Impossible, but yes I can. It is a rare day that I do not get a letter from an imprisoned person.

A letter chosen at random, one among hundreds. The prisoner has written the address in the return address: "Warehouse of Human Beings of Seville II". Then tells a very sad story.

Trashorras and a victim

it was in February of 2013. Julian Rivers and the lawyer and mediator Esther Pascual traveled to the prison of El Dueso (Cantabria) to carry out a meeting out of the ordinary. At the station they had been with Jesus, a victim of 11-M with sequels back to board a train for the first time after the attacks. The person who was going to visit was a former coal miner, Suárez Trashorras, convicted for selling to the terrorists 200 kilograms of explosives that blew up the trains.

The account in the new book that comes out in December, titled Biography of reconciliation (editorial Comares), where he reviews various experiences of processes restorative.

"They clasped hands, and his eyes were. The meeting lasted three hours," he says. "The condemned struck me that every night she gathered information from victims and kept them. Because I needed to have information of the damage caused. The victim called the attention to me what he said back: that this visit he was able to return to a certain serenity.

Another meeting led by this professor. More eye-catching if it is to be: a girl of 11 years lost his father a victim of the attacks of 11-M. A boy of 11 years old is without a father (terrorist) when he is immolated on the floor of Leganés North. The two need to talk. Sit face-to-face. Today go out once in a while. Are friends.

Survivor of Hipercor

"When a person assaults another, both are bound, the peace is reached with the rupture of the link. The more severe the assault, the more intense may be the linkage; the more hatred and revenge, the more intense is the bond of union," says Julian Rivers. By that, indicates, the processes restorative, which conclude with success, in some way, "released to the victim and the perpetrator of the bond that unites them, that each one make your way".

In the bombing of Hipercor killed 21 people and 45 wounded. That meeting brought together an ETA prisoner and a survivor of the massacre. At the exit of the jail of Navalcarnero, the woman is referred to the internal that had just met: "This night would lead you to my home and offer a good hot dinner".

In his book, Julian tells other episodes restorative.

Some that ended well: "You and I will not be friends, but at least our grandchildren will be able to play together," said a person whose father feu killed by the band to one of the terrorists.

And others that were more harsh. In the same circumstances, another victim told the terrorist: "do You know what it is to see your mother torn apart by the suffering? I not only have deprived me of the company of my father, also what have you done to my children. They have a private to enjoy your grandfather."

Amedo asked for forgiveness

José Amedo, subcommissioner of Police sentenced to 118 years in prison for taking part in the State terrorism of the socialist era, had a meeting with Pilar Zabala, sister of José Ignacio Zabala, an alleged member of ETA killed by the GAL.

There was also another mediator Julian Rivers, who is to prepare the appointment caused them to be written a letter.

In the letter that Pilar sent him to Amedo you could read: "This is a letter of presentation so that you put in front of me without judging me, without reservations or misgivings, simply with the open heart and the hope of being able to contribute, to the extent that we or they leave us, to improve relationships between people who have lived experiences psychologically traumatic".

Amedo answered, speaking of the "unjust and cruel suffering", he said, had spent the family Zabala. And he said, "I Assume unmitigated your pain, even to a certain extent it makes me feel responsible for the horrific events that occurred the murder of your brother and his partner for having been unfortunately linked to the GAL".

The ten most widely read authors of the cárcelesAlberto Vazquez FigueroaArturo Perez ReverteKen FollettStephen KingDan BrownJulián RíosJean M. AuelPaulo CoelhoFrederick ForsythÁgatha Christie

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Updated Date: 18 November 2018, 08:01

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