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Just doing time is not enough

by | Feb 22, 2024 | NATIONAL, NEWS, Opinions | 0 comments

BY: FIKRI EMIR

Malaysian prime minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who spent years in jail, upon being pardoned and upon being released by the authorities, vowed to bring about sweeping reforms in prisons in the country.

Obviously, the prime minister stated this based on first hand experience, but to this day, unfortunately, he has yet to make good of his promise and it looks as if to many Malaysians he has forgotten the injustice he suffered by being incarcerated.

Sending someone off to prison for committing a crime is not enough as many studies in the West suggest that prison does not reform a person in most cases and what usually transpires is that these prisoners become more hardened criminals.

Criminologists, instead, suggest that counseling, behaviour modification, changing the mindset and even sheltered workshops might work better to reform a prisoner rather than sending them off to jail and forgetting about them.

The authorities believe once a criminal is put away, they have done justice. But actually the real work of reforming a prisoner should begin in prison to prepare a prisoner to return back to society fully reformed.

In Malaysia, if anyone cares to study about prisoners and prisons they will immediately call for reforms as jailing a convict is not the end of the story as Anwar Ibrahim himself should be well aware.

-THE MALAYSIA VOICE

** The views expressed on this opinion is of the writer and not the publisher

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