ELEVEN prisoners at Bihute jail outside Goroka town Eastern Highlands province were released on parole during the New Year and Christmas period.
Bihute Jail commander Supt Francis Gahuye and officer-in-charge (OIC) of community based correction (CBC) Peter Worowi confirmed the release of two women and nine male prisoners.
Those released have been placed under the supervision of Mr Worowi to do community work within Goroka town’s public institutions before they are freed.
Supt Gahuye said those on parole were identified to have changed their behaviour and attitude over the years and were specially recommended to the Parole Board for approval.
“They have to keep peace at all times and do community work under CBC. The release does not mean they are free. They will be supervised by the CBC until their term is up.
“They have served three-quarters of their term and have been closely monitored for good behaviour,” Supt Gahuye said.
The initiative would encourage other prisoners to change their attitude and behaviour, Mr Worowi said.
Mr Worowi said those on parole would help to do community work such as cleaning public places until they completed their sentence.