[www.inewsguyana.com] – After releasing several young men in line with Guyana’s Independence Day, President David Granger has announced that several women have also been given pardons for Christmas.
Speaking on his weekly Public Interest programme, the President explained that he hopes to make it a tradition to pardon young women for Christmas and young men for Guyana’s Independence.
According to Granger, special attention is to be given to mothers.
“My emphasis is on women, women who are mothers and also parents of young children. I want them to be home for Christmas,” said Granger.
The President presented the argument that the longer a person remains in prison, the higher the likelihood that the person may become a repeated offender. In this regard, he posited that it is imperative that some persons be given a second chance.
“I do feel that if a person remains in jail too long, he or she will become a habitual or repetitive offender whereas if he was given a chance to make a turnaround in his life,” he said.
In the past the President has been criticized for pardoning persons, but President Granger stated that pardoned persons will not have their criminal record erased.
Should those persons find themselves on the other side of the law again, they will be unqualified for pardons in the future.
“They would make themselves ineligible in my eyes for release again. I am not a sort of perpetual releaser. If given an opportunity and they waste the opportunity, then they will serve the time,” Granger maintained.