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Food For the Poor secures release of 29 nonviolent prisoners

Published:Wednesday | December 24, 2014 | 10:32 AM

Charity group, Food For The Poor, says it has paid fines on behalf of 29 nonviolent prisoners, freeing them in time to spend Christmas with their families.

The nonviolent prisoners were incarcerated due to their inability to pay required fines.

The first 17 inmates were released at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre on World Human Rights Day, commemorated on December 10.

The other prison releases occurred between December 11 and 18 at the Central and Half-Way Tree Police Stations, and the Tower Street and Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Centres.

Assessments were conducted of inmates at the facilities ahead of the release.

Some of the offences for which the released inmates were imprisoned included traffic offenses and larceny.

Food For The Poor’s executive director, David Mair says paying fines for the release of prisoners is an annual event which the groups is proud of doing.

The charity conducts prison releases twice each year, during the Easter and Christmas seasons.

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