Aims to Provide Emirati Inmates with the Opportunity to Join Business Sector following their release
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Thursday, March 31st 2016 [ME NewsWire]
The Ministry of Interior announced that the Al Radda Program helps to give former inmates a chance at leading a normal life, to invest their potentials to achieve social good, and grant them a decent life after serving their sentences.
The Punitive and Correctional Institutions Department at Abu Dhabi Police had launched the Al Radda Program in 2012, in cooperation with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development. This entrepreneurship development and funding program aims at granting Emirati inmates the opportunity to enter the business sector and reintegrate in community after serving their sentences, and to make good use of the investment expertise they acquired by managing their businesses while incarcerated.
Brigadier Mohammed Saif Matar Al Zaabi, Head of the Correctional and Punitive Establishments Department, said: “The Al Radda Program reflects the Ministry of Interior’s keenness to ensure a prosperous future for inmates of correctional facilities. It aims to give inmates a chance at returning to normal life, to provide them with the means to living a decent life, to invest their potentials to achieve social good and lead a decent life after serving their prison term.
Brigadier Al Zaabi explained that the program provides a number of services that include specialized training courses that focus on entrepreneurship, consultancy, feasibility studies’ training, and financial support for distinctive and viable projects. It also contributes to provide inmates with a source of income after having served their sentences.
Adding further, Brigadier Al Zaabi said: “Al Radda is a training program designed to provide inmates with the necessary training, professional qualifications and advice, and financing to launch and pursue new investment projects. This would help reintegrate inmates into society after having served their sentences. The program was launched in 2012 at Al Wathba and Al Ain sections, and provides participating inmates with two annual business and management courses.” Brigadier Al Zaabi also noted that upon completion of the courses, trainees receive a graduation certificate, as well as funding if the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development approves the feasibility study following the inmate’s release,
Inmates wishing to enroll in the courses can benefit from the program if they satisfy a number of prerequisites, such as: Being an Emirati citizen, being a convict where the remaining period of imprisonment does not exceed one year, and having a good conduct at the establishment, in addition to business management skills.
In conclusion, Brigadier Al Zaabi noted that the Khalifa Fund has held eight (8) training courses, which saw the participation of 116 inmates, adding that a number of inmates have benefitted from financing and support following their release. He also indicated that mutual cooperation with the Khalifa Fund has provided new prospects for cooperation with development institutions and social associations, and enhanced efficient communication with different parties for the benefit of rehabilitation activity.
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