Addressing the national function on the Prisoners’ Welfare Day, the Prime Minister said that their policy is not to extend Prisons but to decrease the number of those who are imprisoned.
Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratna said that there are human beings amongst those who have committed offences. They have exceeded their limits by some distance and thereby violated the law. He said that such people can be corrected. One thousand and three hundred prisoners have been released for the first time in history. He said that they can return to the society and live as ordinary people. A function organized by the Prisoners’ Welfare Society and the Department of Prisons was held in Colombo. Tools were presented to the inmates who have been trained in different vocations. Scholarships were offered to children in the families of the inmates. Minister Dew Gunasekera said that it is rehabilitation that is carried out in the Prisons. The Minister said that imposing punishment is the right of the Judges and not of the others. He said that a person is being sent to the Prison as a punishment and not to face punishment. Commissioner General of Prisons K.R. De Silva also participated in the occasion.