-Assistant Justice Minister says recreation is essential to rehabilitation
In an effort to increase recreational activities at the Monrovia Central Prison, (South Beach), the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) on Tuesday started a soccer tournament among the inmates to improve their physical condition at the corrections center.
The exercise is organized into blocs-where the different facilities are grouped together to form teams.
Assistant Minister for Corrections and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice, Eddie S. Trawally, on Tuesday, performed the official kick-off for the tournament that will last for a week and a half.
He described recreation as an essential aspect of correction and rehabilitation. “Recreational activities at the prisons are important to corrections. It will help put the inmates in physical shape and by this well-being is ensured,” he said.
Minister Trawally said such interaction among prisoners will help reduce their stress level and make them feel a part of society despite their present situation.
“We think it is important to reintroduce the process where the young people at various prisons will have such a program” he indicated.
He added that as part of the prison management’s recreational activities those who have been placed in prison due to ill habits in society will realize the true meaning of corrections.
“We will ensure that such a positive activity is frequently held in all of the prison facilities in Liberia,” he said. “Over a period of time, it has been speculated that people who are inmates are also considered social dropouts and as a result, society has stigmatized them but we have come to demystify that,” Minister Tarawali said.
“When you leave from here, you need to leave with skills in you so that you can contribute to the development of Liberia and form part of Liberia’s generation of leaders,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the Superintendent of the South Beach Prison, Varney Lake said the league forms part of their work to see how they can have unity among their workforce and the inmates. He said that male inmates and correction officers will play among themselves while female correction officers and female inmates will have a showdown as well.
According to Mr. Lake, they are expected to extend the league to other prisons in Liberia, something he said is in the best interest of the work they do as correction officers.