3 September 2018
The Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service is pleased with the remarkable decrease of female prisoners in all prisons countrywide.
In an interview, ZPCS spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Elizabeth Banda said the reduction of numbers of women in prisons is a positive move which shows that women were generally law abiding.
“As the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Service we are pleased to inform you that we are currently experiencing a reduction of female prisoners in all prisons in the country.
“Our holding capacity is 17 000 female prisoners and currently we have 16 300 female prisoners and a number of them left due to the last Presidential amnesty.
“We are still getting new admissions but they are now very low, this is a clear sign that our society has got law abiding female citizens,” she said.
Speaking on readmissions, Assistant Commissioner Banda said only 105 female prisoners were readmitted into the prison after the amnesty.
“I would also like to give a thumbs up to prison officers for rehabilitating female prisoners the reason why we are not having a lot of readmissions is because they are being taught well.
“In previous incidences, whenever an amnesty is declared we normally have situations where those prisoners who would have been freed readmitted back into prison within few months.
“However, out of the 512 female prisoners who were freed by amnesty, only 105 have been readmitted back into prison and this is a great improvement comparing with what we are used to.
“The number has been that stable for a while now and it is good new for us,” she added.
Assistant Commissioner Banda went on to commend families of prisoners for attending family weeks.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to applaud families of prisoners for coming in their numbers each time we have a family week.
“Those who did not get visitors were mainly prisoners from foreign nationals and a few local and this is a commendable thing because such visits are also part of the rehabilitation process that the prisoners will be having,” she said.