Help prisoners return to normal life: President

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KASHIMPUR, Gazipur, March 20, 2018 (BSS) – President M Abdul Hamid today asked the jail officials to take necessary steps for helping prisoners back to normal life by correcting them.

“No man in the world is born as criminal. Sometimes different unexpected and unfavorable environments make them criminals . . . So the jail authority has to increase training facilities for prisoners to arise their moral values and rehabilitate them after their jail term,” the President told a function at Kashimpur Central Jail here on the occasion of the “Prison Week-2018” this afternoon.

Lauding different corrective initiatives taken by the prison authorities including various training programmes and promotional activities, President Hamid categorically said such efforts would help the prisoners begin a new life by returning to the mainstream society and contribute to the country’s development after being released from jail.

The “Prison Week-2018” began today with a theme of “Correction and training, prisoners will be rehabilitated”.

Abdul Hamid recalled his jail life and the life of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four late national leaders, saying that the jail authority should remember that not only the criminals, but only many political leaders had to stay in imprisonments different times.

Referring to various training programmes and some new facilities for the jailed people, the President said prisoners were being imparted different trainings to turn them into skilled manpower.

Hailing the introduction of mobile phone booth to pave the way for talking with prisoners’ family, he said such initiative would help the prisoners make their mind fresh.

Mentioning that craft industries and bakeries had been set up at prisons, he said it was a time-befitting decision, adding that prisoners were getting 50 percent of the profits earned from selling the products manufactured in jail industries.

The President said “The prisoners were being given profits and trainings so that they could start a new life after their jail term.”

About “illegal drug business” inside jails, President Hamid asked the prison officials to take stern action against it.

“A large portion of detainees in prisons are jailed for drug related cases. Strong surveillance is needed so that none from prison administration can involve in this unethical activities,” he added.

The President also asked the prison authorities to show their firmness in ensuring safety of the country and nation so that no militant, top terrorist and drug peddler can carry out any terror attack inside jail.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, MP, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque,MP, Secretary of the Security Services Division Farid Uddin Ahmed Chowdhury and Inspector General of Prison Brig General Syed Iftekhar Uddin, among others, were present.