Prisoners grateful for rehabilitation programme

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) rehabilitation thrust is paying dividends with some prisoners having posted some personal achievements that will help them reintegrate better in society after serving prison terms.

When David Godzi was arrested 8 years ago, his world came crashing down.

The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) rehabilitation and correctional programme has however transformed him and many others.

Apart from internalising the principles of discipline, Godzi and other inmates have also acquired academic and life skills, which are set to change their lives post- prison life.

“I learnt a lot in prison. I did not even have Grade 7, but I managed to write and proceeded to A Level and got 4 points. I urge people not to sleep with minors or lure them into sex but encourage them to study,” said Godzi.

Another inmate, Talent Ushe, said, “The first days I was so depressed and I went for a week without eating, but I thank my prison rehab officer who counselled me. I learnt skills like shoe making and we formed a choir and recorded 2 songs.”

“For me the journey inside prison was about reformation. I used to be short tempered but I learnt to control my temper. I learnt a lot of skills in prison so I won’t go back to an idle mind,” said McLloyd Gomo, another inmate.

Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) Assistant Principal Correctional Officer, Vaughan Chinhoro said transformation of offenders is based on rehabilitation mentally and equipping inmates with life skills.

“Rehabilitation is the most important base for human sentencing. As rehabilitation officers we try to impart skills.

“We identify offenders chromogenic risk actors such as education lack of employment so as you have seen these guys were imparted with some skills. These are some facets of rehabilitation,” said Chinhoro.

As part of the reintegration back into society the ZPCS has also been making efforts to connect inmates with their families before release.

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