Prisons create 35,000 job opportunities

March 26, 2021 - 11:30

TEHRAN – Some 35,000 job opportunities have been created by 950 workshops in prisons across the country.

One hundred thousand inmates are provided with skill training courses on average per year, IRNA quoted Khosro Mokhtari, managing director of Cooperative Foundation for Prisoners, as saying on Thursday.

About 70,000 of the prisoners succeed in receiving technical and vocational certificates which will be valid after they are released from prisons, he added.

On March 3, an exhibition of handicrafts produced by prisoners across the country kicked off in Tehran.

The exhibition, called “Hami” (literally meaning patron), will run for a month in Gholhak neighborhood, northern Tehran.

The products include copper paintings, glassware, hand-made leather bags, enamel tableware, wood and leather carved tables, turquoise carvings, carpets, and mosaics.

Sustained employment of prisoners during incarceration and support for the employment of prisoners’ families after release is on the agenda, Mohammad Mehdi Haj-Mohammadi, head of the Prisons and Security and Corrective Measures Organization, has said.

About 70 percent of prisoners in Iran are directly and indirectly involved in drug-related crimes, Eskandar Momeni, the director of headquarters for the fight against narcotics, said in November 2020.

Some 40 percent of the inmates in prisons are convicted of drug smuggling directly and 30 percent indirectly, he stated.

According to Momeni, many social harms such as divorce, violent behaviors, robbery, etc. are rooted in drug use.

He added that over four million people in the country are regular and recreational drug users.


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