“I am very happy as I feel that after undergoing this training program, new doors have opened for me and I will get a job once I am released. I am extremely grateful for all that has been done for me.”
– Parminder Kaur, an inmate of Tihar jail, Delhi
When they get incarcerated, most inmates give up hope of ever living a normal life. We have followed a two pronged strategy to help these inmates to get hope and a chance for a new life. We conduct Prison SMART courses to help them come out the regressive cycle of negative emotions and guilt. We also provide vocational training programs to these inmates so that they can earn a living once they are released. This strategy so far has been very effective.
We currently have vocational training courses running in Tihar, Ranchi and Tinsukia (Assam) Jails. These programs have been very well received as they provide inmates a new hope to go back and start living a life of dignity.
In the electrician-training program, most participants we have had were between the age group of 18 to 26 years and came from under-privileged backgrounds. Most had never received any guidance and our program helped them to acquire new skills. This opened new earning opportunities for them and helped them to shun the path of crime.
How does the journey look so far?
4 Kaushal Vikas Kendras
are currently running in Tihar Jail in New Delhi, Yeradawa Jail in Pune, Bir Singh Munda Jail in Ranchi and Tinsukia Jail in Assam
in electrical, carpentry, beauty therapy, refrigeration, AC repair and handicrafts provided to more than 3500 inmates
1300 surrendered militants
from Manipur and Assam transformed by providing intensive rehabilitation programs followed by vocational training sessions
How did we work?
Many of these programs have been run in collaboration with private business houses. Our CSR partners in these programs have helped with the training equipment, curriculum, and training for the trainer. This partnership model has proved to be quite effective.
What did we learn?
The commonly held notion about criminals being incorrigible is far from the truth. In our experience, we have come across many who had a sincere urge to let go of crime and start living normal lives but either the circumstances of the lack of opportunities prevented them from taking this route.
How can you contribute?
We would like to scale up and run similar programs in other jails in the country. We would also like to introduce new courses and vocational trainings that are relevant for the inmates to help them with a wider selection of opportunities.