by Mickey Kavera – EM TV News, Port Moresby
It’s a tradition practiced annually at the Bomana Prison to have visitors mix and mingle with inmates to share gifts and words of encouragement during Christmas period.
Commanding Officer, Superintendent Kiddy Keko, believes this visitation program is vital for rehabilitation.
Over the years he has seen inmates been inspired to make a change.
Rehabilitation is the cornerstone of any correctional services institution.
Here at the Bomana Correctional Service Prison it is no different.
Among its many rehabilitation programs, the Bomana Prison allows for annual Christmas visitation from various individuals, church groups and corporate companies.
This allows for inmates to interact to share their experiences behind bars and also be inspired to make a change.
CS Bomana Commanding Officer, Superintendent Kiddy Keko, is grateful for the effort put in by those who visit the inmates.
He says it gives the prisoners a sense of belonging as they do not have the opportunity to be with their families during Christmas.
The Bomana Prison has over 600 prisoners and it is difficult to cater for all their needs.
However, such gestures from these good Samaritans have always helped to fill the void.