Despite being a place where the inmates have to live under heavy guard and follow strict rules and procedures, prison offers a second chance for the convicts to turn a new leaf and return to the right path. Vocational trainings are provided to the inmates to equip them with the necessary skills when they return to the fold of society. Religious classes are a must for the Muslim inmates, while for the non-Muslims, civic classes are organized for them.
According to an official, many ex-inmates managed to secure jobs after leaving the centre, while a few of them become successful entrepreneurs. A number of them returned to the society to be motivators and counselors.
Several inmates that I spoke to during the visit said that they were thankful to be placed at the corrective centre as it gave them the chance to look at life from a positive angle. Indeed, punishment does make many people realize their mistakes.
It is the responsibility of each an every one of us to ensure that former inmates are accepted into the society, besides giving them the motivation to lead a decent life. They have made mistakes and have served their sentences. Treat them as any other ordinary human beings because acceptance by society is an important factor that helps to reshape an ex-convict into a good and responsible citizen.