Malaysia - Prisoners get a chance to start life anew
Former convicts have been given a helping hand to start life anew and blend into society, thanks to the efforts of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF). The foundation yesterday launched its first outcare centre in the country to help former prisoners and ex-drug addicts fit into society upon their release.
The outcare centre was set up about six months ago.
To date, it has taken in 10 former convicts, provided counselling and got them jobs.
"We have three former wardens at the outcare centre who provide counselling to the ex-convicts before we send them out to work," a spokesman said.
He said the biggest challenge was that employers seldom hired those with criminal records.
About 1,000 prisoners are released every month and of these, 70 per cent go back to a life of crime as they are not accepted by the society.