A total of 861 inmates from Mazaruni, New Amsterdam, Camp Street and Timehri prisons graduated after completing training courses in various programs aimed at preparing them for reintegration into society.
Those trained included “high-level” and “specially supervised” inmates, the Guyana prison service said.
Convicts and defendants also had the opportunity to participate in the training.
Areas of training were entrepreneurship, anger management, carpentry and carpentry, family reconciliation, sewing, culinary arts, arts and crafts, cosmetology, hairdressing, agriculture and veterinary science.
Director of Prisons (ag) Nicklon Elliot said the prison service has an obligation to provide inmates with the skills necessary to facilitate their reintegration into society. He said the job of the prison was to help inmates realize their mistakes and become better individuals, the prison service said.
Elliot further stated that the prison management remains confident that as the prison infrastructure continues to develop, more prisoners will benefit from such rehabilitation training.
He clarified that the rehabilitation of prisoners is an ongoing process.
“We prepare them adequately, whether it’s with skills or educational training, so that when they reintegrate into society, they’ll be productive citizens,” Elliott said.