MALACCA: Prisoners, numbering 8,758, have been successfully released after completing their parole, said Home Ministry’s Deputy Secretary-general (Security) Datuk Alwi Ibrahim.
“A total of 9,390 prisoners received the parole order since the system was implemented in the country in 2008.
“However, the order for 155 convicts was cancelled due to breach of parole”, he told a press conference, after opening the Outreach Programme initiated by the Prisons Department in Sungai Udang recently.
He noted that there were 454 prisoners undergoing parole outside the prison while 17 are doing within the prison and six disappeared while under parole.
“Parole is a partial prisoner-release system that allows a person (man or woman) to serve a part of the sentence outside prison.
“Prisoners who are eligible for parole do not include those with penalties such as life imprisonment, murder and sexual offences such as rape,” said Alwi.
The state’s Prisons Department Parole and Community Service director, Zalina Mohd Yunus, said some 285 prisoners were paroled in the state since 2008.
“These prisoners complied with the parole requirements and returned to their families,” she said.
“The existence of parole can help convicts adjust to public life and gives them confidence to lead a better life after the end of the rehabilitation period.
The parole system, she said caused awareness among the public and potential employers to accept rehabilitated convicts.
Zarina also called upon parents and the community to keep an eye on ex-convicts and give them the moral support for rehabilitation.