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Food for the Poor secures freedom for 25 non-violent prisoners

Published:Saturday | April 15, 2017 | 4:17 PM
St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre. – File photo

Twenty-five non-violent prisoners were freed from five penal institutions across the island just before the Easter holidays, thanks to the charity group Food for the Poor.

Every year during the Easter and Christmas celebrations, Food for the Poor, through its Prison Ministry project, provide assistance to prisoners in several countries who are serving time for non-violent offences.

The charity group says 152 persons were freed in four countries this week.

Among them is a St James taxi operator who was being held at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre since early last month for failing to pay outstanding traffic tickets.

The married father of two young children said the uncertainty about the welfare of his family was the most difficult part of his incarceration and vowed that he would make it his first and last time in prison.