The Prison Reform & Integrate Programme
The Prison Reform & Integrate Programme, as part of the SEP, focuses on transforming individuals released on parole from the correctional system to lead productive lives by re-building their reputation within the community and instilling confidence in them to carry on with their lives. Dueue to stigma and a lack of adequate reintegration systems in place many prisoner struggle to reintegrate;any employers shun people who have been convicted The consequence, therefore, is that many of these prisoners are unable to sustain themselves once released, which increases their chances of returning to a life of crime.
The Prisons SEP was established, with the objective of attempting to break this cycle and give these individuals a second chance at life. Prisoners are carefully selected for the programme and must have a good rehabilitation record during their period of incarceration. Those selected must also have undergone vocational training within the correctional system.
Launched in October 2007, the Reform & Integrate Programme is the first of its kind in Sri Lanka.