FREETOWN – Prison Watch Sierra Leone continues to impact the lives of inmates, even after they have served their sentence.
When Daniel* was incarcerated in Pademba Road Male Correctional Centre twenty years ago, he was without qualifications or a clear direction in life. While serving his sentence in Pademba Road, Daniel picked up woodworking skills in the correctional centre’s carpentry workshop. He gained skills in building beds and other furniture to a professional standard.
Today, upon release, Daniel is a reformed man and a qualified carpenter. Realising the potential in Daniel to again become a productive member of society, Prison Watch staff donated to him a selection of carpentry tools – including lathes, saws and hammers – to help Daniel on the road to becoming a successful carpenter.
The tools were handed to Daniel at a small ceremony in Pademba Road Correctional Centre last week, in the presence of Correctional Service leaders, Prison Watch staff and members of the national media. Prison Watch director, Mambu Feika, gave a passionate speech in which he urged Daniel to move on from not only the physical prison at Pademba Road, but also the mental prison that so many former inmates struggle with.
Prison Watch Sierra Leone hopes that Daniel can serve as an inspiration to other inmates in correctional centres across Sierra Leone, and that his success proves that a sentence is not the end of a happy, fulfilling and productive life.
Daniel, from all staff at Prison Watch – best of luck in the future.
(*Names have been changed to protect identities)