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Prison inmates drive road safety effort: Collaborative project with Ministry of Infrastructure & Kolbe Foundation

Posted: Monday, September 4, 2023. 7:06 am CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: In a noteworthy collaboration, the Ministry of Infrastructure & Development has joined forces with the Kolbe Foundation to enhance road safety in the Belize District. This initiative is being spearheaded by deploying a 12-member work crew composed entirely of inmates from the Belize Central Prison.

Their primary task is to clear the road shoulders of the Burrell Boom Road and the George Price Highway, ensuring safer travels for motorists by removing obstacles like large trees, garbage, and other debris. The project not only aids the wider community by enhancing road safety but also brings a rehabilitative dimension for the participating inmates.

Each inmate is compensated for their hard work and dedication to the task. To foster their rehabilitation and prepare them for life post-incarceration, half of their earnings are being safeguarded in individual accounts. These funds will be made available to them upon their release from prison.

This partnership between the Ministry and the Kolbe Foundation is lauded as an innovative step towards holistic development. Not only does it emphasize the importance of infrastructural safety but also reintegrates inmates into society in a constructive manner, providing them with a sense of purpose and ensuring they have a financial foundation upon their release.

Motorists have already begun to witness the positive changes along the mentioned roads, appreciating the clearer, safer drive. Both organizations look forward to the successful continuation of the project and are optimistic about the long-term benefits it will bring to both the community and the participating inmates.

 

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