Govt to es­tab­lish open prison for fe­male in­mates

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

THERE are plans to have an open prison for fe­male in­mates as part of a strat­egy to re­ha­bil­i­tate and in­te­grate them back into so­ci­ety.

At the mo­ment Con­nemara Open Prison caters for male in­mates only.

The Zim­babwe Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices said rig­or­ous screen­ing is done be­fore one can be placed in an open prison.

In a speech de­liv­ered dur­ing Africa Pris­ons and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vice Day com­mem­o­ra­tions on Thurs­day in Lu­pane, the Min­is­ter of State for Mata­bele­land North Provin­cial Af­fairs, Cain Math­ema, said such a fa­cil­ity en­sures that fam­ily re­la­tions and ties are kept open and in­tact.

“When in­mates go on home leave they in­ter­act and stay with their fam­i­lies thus pre­par­ing for their re­lease. Upon re­lease, the re-in­te­gra­tion process would have com­menced while one is serv­ing their prison term,” said Min­is­ter Math­ema.

“Plans are also un­der­way to es­tab­lish an­other open prison for fe­males and Gov­ern­ment has al­ready ap­proved its es­tab­lish­ment. Progress on the im­ple­men­ta­tion is be­ing stalled by inadequate re­sources. How­ever, as soon as re­sources per­mit, ex­e­cu­tion of the project will com­mence in earnest.”

The Min­is­ter said the coun­try was record­ing an up­surge in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties due to low eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity.

He urged the pub­lic to be in­no­va­tive and not rely on some other peo­ple for em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

ZPCS’s act­ing of­fi­cer com­mand­ing Mata­bele­land North As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Modi Nkomo and her deputy Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Green­field Bu­lala, of­fi­cers com­mand­ing pris­ons, prison of­fi­cers and in­mates were among those who at­tended Thurs­day’s event. -@nqot­shiliEnds

Min­is­ter Cain Math­ema

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