Zambia Correctional Service (ZCS) Deputy Commissioner General Bwalya Kuyomba has reviewed that the Service is strategizing on ways that would reduce recidivism.
Speaking this morning when he opened a three days training workshop at Correctional Staff Training College in Kabwe for extension and parole officers, Mr. Bwalya noted that recidivism was a challenge that has led to congestion in correctional facilities.
The Deputy Commissioner General who is in charge of Operations observed that ZCS’s inmate population has continued to swell hence causing overcrowding in the facilities.
He said it was for this reason that the Service was strategizing on approaches that would focus on offenders’ rehabilitation by taking into consideration programs that would reduce recidivism.
The Deputy Service Chief has since called on correctional officers to scale up extensions and parole services for inmates to ensure that they do not re-offend.
“Encouraging and assisting inmates turn over a new leaf and refrain from committing crime again will undoubtedly help Zambia become a safer and harmonious country,” he said
He was hopeful that with increased knowledge base for quality extension services will increase, therefore reducing the rates of recidivism to desired levels.
Speaking at the same event, Director in charge of Administration, Training and Human Development, Deputy Commissioner Daniel Chiwela noted that with the transition from Prisons to Corrections, the training will equip Officers with new concepts in line with their duties.
And Deputy Commissioner in charge of Extension Services, Auxilia Kadingi stressed the need to create cooperatives for ex-offenders that would provide start-up packs to ensure a continuation in skills development gained while in custody there by adding value to ex inmate as they reintegrate