Parole is a significant aspect of the criminal justice system in Papua New Guinea and the Department of Justice & Attorney General (DJAG) has been the front liners in making sure parole administration is carried out effectively, right from the prison and into the communities.
DJAG’s Parole Intervention program saw14 parolees from the National Capital District & Central province recently graduated with a certificate. The parolees underwent a week-long Life Skills Training run by the Foundation of Women in Agriculture Development (FOWIAD).
The training included, making of coconut oil, coconut biscuits, stock feed and Sepik soap, which can be sold for an income apart from family consumption and usage.
Speaking during the occasion, Acting Chief Parole Officer Elizabeth Mirio, on behalf of the Department of Justice &Attorney General, congratulated the parolees saying the skills they’ve learnt will go along way with.
“We realized that many prisoners have been unsuccessful in finding jobs after serving their terms in prison. The training is the first of its kind as and will really help them,” she said.
Ms Mirio told the parolees that the life skills have taught them to help improve their living and will help each of them to re-integrate back into their communities.
Meanwhile,Parolee, Jude Gena thanked the department and the facilitators for organizing the training saying it will benefit not only them but their families as well.
Apart from the 14 parolees; parole, probation and juvenile officers, security guards and their spouses who attended the training also received their certificates.