Use incarceration experience to become stronger – First Lady urges New Amsterdam women prisoners

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First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger meeting some of the inmates at the New Amsterdam Prison
First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger meeting some of the inmates at the New Amsterdam Prison

First Lady Mrs. Sandra Granger, yesterday, visited the New Amsterdam Prison where she urged female inmates to see the experience of incarceration as an opportunity to become better and stronger individuals.

Speaking to the women following a tour of the facility, Mrs. Granger said: “When we learn from our experiences and we start to look at ourselves we can become stronger and we can see where we need to go… It is an experience that you have gone through and I hope that it is something that will help to make you stronger as you go back out into society.”

Two prisoners at the New Amsterdam Prison show First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger some of the items that they have made, when she toured the prison’s sewing room.
Two prisoners at the New Amsterdam Prison show First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger some of the items that they have made, when she toured the prison’s sewing room.

A statement from GINA said she also called on prison officials and non-governmental organisations that work to rehabilitate inmates, to ensure that a wider range of skills training is offered to the women such as carpentry and masonry, so that upon completion of their sentences, they will be able to earn a living.

The First Lady also promised that she will try to assist in areas that they require help, because while they may be incarcerated, their lives have value and they are still capable of making positive contributions to society.

“You still are individuals… you might be [here] right now but some of you will be leaving shortly and you should be able to go back to your communities with your heads held high,” Mrs. Granger said.

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