Late-night activities in Villena prison

Late-night activities in Villena prison
PARCHIS: Board game popular with Villena prisoners Photo credit: Ebnz

A VILLENA prison guard checking CCTV screens late at night saw a prisoner walking along one of the corridors.

Guards sent to investigate found three cells were empty in the wing reserved for prisoners aged between 18 and 21.

Instead of the feared breakout, guards found the missing prisoners together in one cell, where some were playing cards and others Parchis, the Spanish board game similar to Ludo.


They had left their cells using picklocks they made from plastic cutlery, prompting the TAMPN association, which represents prison staff, to complain that the incident reflected conditions at Villena prison.

“Once exemplary and one of the safest in the country, it has degenerated into a place without order or discipline,” TAMPN lamented.

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