Crime is the one of the major problems facing by society. Prisons are developed to reduce the crime in a society but criminal activities are not reduced in a society. Poverty is the one of the main causes of criminal activities in a society. Most of the prisoners are from poor family. In fact prisoners are the poor of the poorest people in a society. People commit crime knowingly and unknowingly but the society behaves them negatively after their imprisonment. All their social status ruined. They do not find a single branch to stand firm in a society. They are far behind the development of society due to their long imprisonment. They are totally out of hope when they released. In this situation, people are so depressed that they are forced to do criminal activities. At least they get food and indiscrimination in the prison.
Therefore, it is our responsibility to rehabilitate the inmates in their society. Society do not easily accept them if they spend their time without work and do not earn money. So, it is our duty to produce skilled inmates before their release and introduce them in the society. This helps them to develop self-confidence. They can earn money to fulfill their daily necessities. They do not need to follow criminal activities. Therefore, we felt skill is an important part of the rehabilitation of released inmates and alleviation of poverty. Internalizing all these thoughts, Prison Fellowship Nepal started pre-released program in prisons of Nepal.
Children are kept in prison not due to their crime but the crime done from their parents. There are high chances of family break up in Nepal after someone kept in prison. Prisoners’ spouse re-marries with third person and settle new home. Children of the prisoners are in pitiful condition in this situation. The third person will not accept the stepfather or stepmother’s children in their new home. They are totally rejected and abandoned. Their grandparents couldn’t help them due to their poor economic condition. Their ultimate solution is prison where their parents are kept. They get nothing in prison but only meager food and un-managed poor shelter. Therefore, Prison Fellowship Nepal started Peace Loving Children Homes to settle these vulnerable children. Similarly, the organization started education support to the children of prisoners living with their care takers.
Prison Fellowship Nepal completed mini libraries establishment in all the prisons of Nepal in 2015. The libraries included books, furniture and other necessary materials. Prison authorities and prisoners highly appreciated the genuine work of Prison Fellowship Nepal. The libraries became the best place to spend prisoners’ time in positive thinking. The prisoners and prison authorities requested Prison Fellowship Nepal to equip the libraries with furniture and new books recently published in the market. The books provided during the library establishment are in few numbers. There are many life challenging and encouraging books and biographies are publishing in Nepal that is useful for prisoners. It is necessary to equip the libraries with these recent books and furniture so that the prisoners get new horizon of knowledge for the positive thinking in their life. Many prisoners realized the importance of education through this program. The illiterate prisoners participated in literacy program. After that, they are able to contact and share their feelings with their family members through writing letters. Many prisoners’ family members started to visit prisoners after they contact with them.
Most of the prisoners lose their income source when they are in prison. Generally, the family members are depended on the persons who are sent in prison. Therefore, after their imprisonment, their economic status becomes pitiful. Then mostly female members need to handle the family. Generally they are illiterate or less educated. They are from rural village community far beyond the advanced technologies and employment opportunity. They are mostly depending on their farm and livestock to fulfill their daily necessities. It is necessary to uplift their economic status to break crime cycle of the community.