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Dh6.8m donations clear debts of over 11,000 prisoners in Dubai

Staff Reporter/Dubai
Filed on February 10, 2020 | Last updated on February 10, 2020 at 04.04 pm
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Granting inmates a chance to start anew.

More than 11,000 inmates in Dubai have been released as their debts were cleared with Dh6.84 million of donations from charities and philanthropists, the Dubai Police have announced.

The initiative comes as part of the police's humanitarian approach of granting inmates a chance to start anew by providing the necessary support in collaboration with authorities, organisations and other members of the community.

Brigadier Ali Mohammed Al Shamali, director of the General Department of Correctional and Punitive Establishments at the Dubai Police, said the annual programmes, aid and initiatives of the department reflect the Dubai Police's strategy to make prisons a place of reformation rather than punishment.

"In this spirit, we are keen on strengthening social responsibility to help inmates improve their conditions and solve their financial and social problems,"  Brigadier Al Shamali said.

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