Prison boss says outside work provides necessary rehab for inmates

His comment, made on ZDK Liberty Radio, was in response to a query about the increased number of inmates now working on the outside. It also follows a recent report of inmates being caught with alcohol after they returned to the prison from working in the Monks Hill area.

Wade said it is not unusual for inmates to be working outside of HMP, and he stressed that this type of rehabilitation is necessary.

“They have to develop the type of habit of working … as I child, I used to see inmates outside with the carts and so on and we never questioned it … when you watch a television show and you see how inmates behave outside, they try to escape. You start to question why are we allowing them when other countries have them in chains,” the prison boss said.

He added, “It goes back to what I said about the selection process; those inmates who are sent out do not run. We know, they are almost like trustees. They would prefer to assist the officer than to do anything to the officer.”

The acting prison boss said the inmates are evaluated from the time they enter the jail.

“Inmates are classified on entry into the prison and over a period of time they are observed and notations are made. Eventually, an inmate will be cleared to leave to work outside. It is a process and some inmates are in there up to two years and they are still not cleared, he explained.

According to the acting prison superintendent, there are consequences if an inmate breaches the rules while out on a job programme.

He also confirmed that murder convict Jay Chin, who is serving life in prison for killing her ex-husband Raymond Chin, was recently removed from the Environment Division’s work programme.

“To whom much is given, much is expected,” he said, as he revealed the inmate was caught with a cellular phone.

Meantime, Wade said that not only are the prisoners searched when they return after work, but the officers are also subjected to a search and are not allowed to take their bags and cellular phones onto the compound.

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