Letters | Hong Kong beaches and country parks: let prisoners help to keep city clean
- Many of them crave to do something meaningful and pose no risk of escape
- They would all benefit from hours in the fresh air and it may be a welcome break for jail staff as well, while society overall benefits
It would be a situation of multiple winners: inmates would benefit from hours in the fresh air and outside the confinement of prison, and many of them do crave to do something meaningful. Meanwhile, society would benefit from the removal of stranded marine rubbish. The accompanying Correctional Services Department staff would equally escape the prison routine.
The most important benefit would be for the department, as it could offer beach cleaning work as an incentive to well-behaved inmates and thus improve internal discipline.
At the same time, the department could show to a broader public its professionalism in prison management, which it rightly claims as part of its vision and mission.
Tobias Brandner, associate professor, Chinese University of Hong Kong; prison chaplain