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2015-04-20

Organizing committee of the 13th UN CONGRESS ON CRIME PREVENTION: Qatar demonstrates Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention by exhibiting inmates Art

Qatar inmates showcase artistic talent in art exhibition at 13thUN Congress on
Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

DOHA, QATAR. April 20, 2015
. For some inmates of the Qatar Penal Institution and Correctional
Administration, freedom means the ability to create and express themselves
through art.

The fruits of their artistic labor are currently displayed at the Qatar
National Convention Center as part of the 13thUN Crime Congress on Crime
Prevention and Criminal Justice.

"The Ministry of Interior (MOI) firmly believes that its main mandate as
administrators of the correctional system is rehabilitation, not just handing
out punishment," said Maj. Jassim Al Kaabi, Head of Rehabilitation and Care
Section of the Reformatory and Penalty Institutions Department.

The rehabilitation program includes training in art, carpentry, English,
computer literacy and vocational courses. Currently, 50 inmates are engaged
in producing paintings and making traditional boxes and various handicrafts.

Paintings, apart from letting the artists express their inner feelings
visually, have proven to be lucrative as well. Many of the paintings of the
inmates are sold during exhibitions in Qatar and abroad. There is also an
online store on the MOI website on which interested buyers can browse, select
and buy. The proceeds of the sale are split equally between the inmate and
the Correctional Administration who uses the funds to purchase art materials
and other supplies.

Prisoners can send the money to their families and pay off their debts. The
materials purchased are of the best kinds, be it canvases, water and oil
colors, brushes, and others.

A professional art teacher delivers lectures and provides guidance to nurture
and develop the artists' skills. There is a fully equipped studio where the
artists do their work. Prisoners who are part of the rehabilitation program
get bigger financial allowances and other benefits. Motivational parties are
likewise held from time to time.

Every year, a special exhibition in Doha called "Prisoners Week" showcases not
only paintings but other handicrafts and works by the inmates to the general
public.

"The rehabilitation program lets inmates make good use of their time in
prison," adds Maj. Al Kaabi. "They can use the skills that they develop to
find a job or start their own business once they are released."

Many ex-convicts have actually opened their own shops and have found jobs in
government agencies, through the help of the ministries and the Qatar Social
Rehabilitation Center.

"Our job doesn't end with the person's release," said Maj. Al Kaabi. "We
check on them until they are employed. This assures their reintegration to
society and is the biggest reward of the program for the State of Qatar."

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Inmates Art (picture 3)
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Inmates Art (picture 2)
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Inmates Art (picture 1)
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Source: Organizing committee of the 13th UN CONGRESS ON CRIME PREVENTION via Globenewswire

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