The head of the religious organization, Back on Track Ministries, Keith Smith, has lauded a recent initiative by the Bordelais Correctional Facility, BCF, to engage inmates in football.
Inmates and Correctional Officers last month participated in a soccerama at the prison.
“Prisoners like everybody else are normal individuals and if you want to them to listen to you, you want to cater to their interests, and one of the interests for prisoners, at least for men, is sports and football is one of those sporting activities that will help bring men together,” Smith told the Times.
He said that with men interacting together, it creates a platform to discover their talent and foster their rehabilitation.
Prison officials have said that since the football games were introduced, there has been a “great improvement” in the behaviour of prisoners and the working relationship between inmates and Correctional Officers.
However the head of Back on Track Ministries, Keith Smith, has made it clear that sport is merely one of several methods needed to rehabilitate prisoners, and he lauded Bordelais Correctional Facility for other initiatives that it has undertaken.
His organization is currently working the facility to assist in the process of rehabilitating prisoners.