Justice dept helps ex-prisoners


THE Department of Justice and Attorney General recently presented six boxes of chicks to the Jiwaka Ex-Prisoners Association.
The association caters for former prisoners in Jiwaka and Western Highlands and conducts trainings and counseling to help them change from their bad ways.
Department of Justice and Attorney General deputy secretary Benjamin Metio, Zachary Sitban, the executive director of crime prevention and restorative justice and Jessie Ikio, the project coordinator, crime prevention, delivered the day-old chicks to members of the association last Thusday.
Metio said this is what the department was planning to help change people.
He said they are helping people involved in crime to change their mindsets and become good people.
Metio said the programme was to help the people become development partners in their communities.
He said that the ex- prisoners were part of a community and they all had a future.
Metio said Zenag supplied the boxes of chicks, PNG Air provided subsidised freight costs and Farmset helped to sell the stock feed bags at special prices to the ex- prisoners.
“This is part of change and the department is keen to support this programme to go ahead,” he said.
“We are looking at running this programme so that people can all benefit and most of all it can become an area to reduce crime rate in the country.”
Metio said the department was running the programme throughout the country to create a safe environment where it would develop quality citizens.

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