The Central Karoo District Mayor Gayton McKenzie is beaming with pride after inmates in his second chance programme never attempted to escape.
INMATES WELL-BEHAVED DURING OUT OF PRISON EXERCISE
A selection of inmates was part of a programme initiated by McKenzie in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services to give prisoners a chance to earn trust back in society by giving back and doing good.
“I wanna thank the Department of Correctional Services, my team in Central Karoo and the inmates for totally fixing this house of a victim of GBV, the house is brand new, and no inmate tried to escape.”McKenzie
He reiterated that inmates should earn second chances.
MCKENZIE PROPOSES SECOND CHANCE PROGRAMME
McKenzie recently drafted a proposal in which he wanted to see prisoners giving back to the victims.
“The meeting was about our successful lobbying to host the national event of 16 days of activism against GBV,” he said.
“We will have prisoners rebuilding houses of victims of GBV, we shall fix crèches and have prisoners pay back to the community,” McKenzie envisaged.
He added:“I offered to make a huge financial contribution to the cause because I also once committed crimes and paying back is a never-ending honour”.
THE VISION FOR PRISON REHABILITATION PROGRAMMES
The idea of this programme is for Inmates to use their skills learned in prison to do actual work that will benefit communities. “They will do this work as a step in paying back their enormous debt to society. We also hope and believe that this will get them job-ready upon being released,” said McKenzie.
He further explained that he also lobbied for the building of a massive prison in Central Karoo to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
“Millions will be pumped into the economy of Beaufort West with the visit of Ministers and the many guests, people will get jobs during Thai time, prisoners will be working hard for redemption we will have a full program,” McKenzie envisaged.