Christian counselling helps reduce repeat offenders

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DPI, Guyana, Thursday, May 31, 2018

Helping prisoners to avoid returning to jail by offering counselling and life skills was a primary focus of a recently held faith-based forum.

The Prison Fellowship Caribbean (PFC) Forum 2018 convened at the Restoration and Life Ministries church brought together members of the Christian community who minister to prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families and victims.

Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels.

This is all part of a new approach to prisoners, says (ag) Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels: “Prisons in Guyana are moving towards…rehabilitation…it is important that the environment contributes to positive change.” He told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that the Guyana Prison Service has benefited tremendously from the work Prison Fellowship International has been doing.

Through the work of Prison Fellowship Guyana in collaboration with the Police Force and Guyana Prison Service, hundreds of prisoners from the Lusignan, Timehri, New Amsterdam and Mazaruni prisons are being reached with life-changing messages, and many have since reformed their lives.

“As we prepare offenders for reentry into society we strive to ensure that they are adequately prepared with life skills. These skills are intended to ensure that they can add value to their families and communities upon their release.”


By: Nateshia Isaacs

Images by: Leon Leung.

A section of Delegates from the Bahamas, Surinam & Antigua and Barbuda.

Local Gospel Sensation, Saiku Andrews delivering a performance to the delegates.