Portfolio of Kimberly Johans

A collection of articles created during my stint as a journalist at The Macau Daily Times

Conference seeks to improve rehabilitation of offenders

Posted by Kimberly on October 12, 2007

By Kimberly Johans
Published in The Macau Daily Times
October 12, 2007, page 2 (285 words)

The first day of the conference on community correction and rehabilitation began yesterday with the aim to find ways to rehabilitate criminals.
With the conference ending today, the Legal Affairs Bureau, along with The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong, will work towards this goal.
Director of the Legal Affairs Bureau, Mr Cheong Weng Chon said, “over the past decade, rehabilitation work has evolved from the conventional imprisonment mode to a community-oriented non-imprisonment system,” such as home imprisonment.
He added that social rehabilitation was seen as a relatively effective cost-saving way to assist newly released prisoners to adapt to mainstream society.
It is also seen as having more radical effects, where countries around the world have looked into the issue and studied the best way to apply such a system to each society, in order to offer the most adequate correctional service for offenders.
According to Mr Cheong, the Macau government has established a transitional home for parolees, “to provide them support and assistance before they can restore a normal life.”
He added though that Macau had a lot of weaknesses both in its judiciary system and infrastructure development.
“We hope that by participating in the seminars we will learn how to improve our policy-making and the executive work,” he said.
One hundred people were invited to attend the conference from the Mainland, Hong Kong and Macau, to exchange opinions and experiences.
Also attending the conference was Dr Ip Peng Kin, Director of the Social Welfare Bureau, Dr Loi Kam Wan, acting Director of Macau prison, Dr Justice Pang Kin_kee, President of The Society of Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention, Hong Kong and Dr Li Mansheng, sub-director of the legal department of Shanxi province.

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