A new Horizen- Ofek Prison
The "Ofek" juvenile prison is the only imprisonment facility for adolescents in the IPS.
Its treatment staff uses creative treatment methods, that include animals, soccer games, scout activities, and a full day of studies. The goal of the methods is to help these adolescents rehabilitate themselves and to prepare them for life outside prison. And the methods work to a very great extent.
The Purpose of the Prison:
• Providing an appropriate framework for imprisoned teens.
• Instilling a sense of personal security to both prisoner and guard.
• Promoting both the physical and mental well being of the imprisoned teens.
• Providing opportunities to amend and improve the destructive components in the teen prisoner's behavior, thus diminishing chances of recidivism.
• Managing the prison in a humane way, while maintaining human rights as a whole and the child's right in particular.
The prison has been operating as an independent unit ever since 2001, and is able to accommodate about 200 prisoners and detainees. The Ofek prison is populated with law-breaking prisoners under the age of 21, some of whom have been tried while others are detained and awaiting trial.
There are a variety of activities conducted at the Ofek prison, all aimed at treating, educating and rehabilitating the imprisoned teens; and all conducted in cooperation with many external authorities.