A new initiative will see parent Maltese inmates given the chance to meet their children away from prison. The safe space is located in Marsa and will be under the surveillance of professional social workers.
The aim of the building is to welcome kids in a much more relaxed environment whilst ensuring the highest levels of security.
The initiative was announced by Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement Minister Byron Camilleri, who expressed in a press conference how there had always been a wish that such a space would exist.
He stated how a prison is no place for children, no less ones visiting their parents. Alongside the ‘From Dark to Light Foundation’ (Fondazzjoni mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl), the initiative will see the two worlds converge with security at the forefront.
Camilleri also spoke about how, working with ‘RIse’, the government is aiming to increase aftercare for prisoners for when they serve their time and return to society.
On his part, new prison boss Robert Brincau said that this shows how all the entities involved are showing their faith in the process of prisoner rehabilitation. He said that the visits will start soon, following the necessary assessments of the eligible prisoners.