New law to help prisoners reintegrate into society

Updated 13 December 2014
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New law to help prisoners reintegrate into society

New prison regulations may cut down five percent of the prison sentence for inmates who successfully pass a school year, or two equivalent training programs, up to a maximum of 15 percent during a prison sentence of one year or more.
The announcement was made by the head of prisons in Makkah, Col. Saleh bin Ali A-Qahtani, during the observance of "Prisoner Week" in the Gulf states, organized Thursday by the Makkah Reform Organization.
According to Al-Qahtani, the Makkah prisons department has embarked on the development of regulations and rules to enable prisoners to work outside prisons and return, as per strategies and guidelines established in partnership between the private sector and the Ministry of Labor.
According to the recommendations and regulations, prisoners should have a remaining prison sentence of at least four months, while Al-Qahtani suggested that priority should be given to inmates who are heads of family, and that the pay scale should start from SR4,000. He added that a number of private sector companies have approached the prisons in Makkah to recruit a number of inmates.
“What the Makkah prison authority is offering is only a fraction of the level of support and care provided by the Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate of Prisoners to inmates,”
Al-Qahtani said, noting the all civil and government institutions should work together to reform the rehabilitation process.
“This week's events include more than 40 activities varying from entertainment, sports, races and intellectual session to religious activities and were implemented for male and female prisoners,” the official explained.
As part of the events, children of inmates and their families had free access to the entertainment center at Makkah Mall, in addition to a free meal at any restaurant they selected from a list of famous establishments.
“The correctional, educational and rehabilitation programs for inmates receives extensive support from Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif and General Director of Prisons Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Hamzi," Al-Qahtani added.


World’s leading young violinist to give two concerts in Kingdom

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World’s leading young violinist to give two concerts in Kingdom

  • The performances will take place on July 21 at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh and at Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah on July 23
  • Chloe Chua of Singapore will be accompanied at the Riyadh concert by pianist Gordon Back, artistic director of the Menuhin competition

JEDDAH: Chloe Chua, junior winner of this year’s world-renowned Menuhin competition, is to perform in Riyadh and Jeddah.

The performances, organized by the General Authority for Culture (GAC) in Saudi Arabia, will take place on Saturday, July 21 at King Fahd Cultural Center in Riyadh, while Dar Al-Hekma University in Jeddah will host the second concert on Monday, July 23 when Saudi pianist Eman Gusti will also perform.

Chua, the 11-year-old from Singapore, won the competition, considered a major international contest for young violinists.

Her talent began to be recognized when at the age of four she joined the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. She also came first in the Andrea Postacchini International Violin Competition last year.

She will be accompanied at the Riyadh concert by pianist Gordon Back, artistic director of the Menuhin competition.

Back is a key contributor to major international violin competitions including the Queen Elizabeth in Brussels, the Carl Flesch in London, the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis in the US, and the Menuhin Competition in the UK. 

His recordings include Bach and Schumann sonatas for violin and piano with French violinist Jean-Jacques Kantorow, a series with British clarinetist Emma Johnson, and in 2011 he recorded all of 19th-century Moravian composer Heinrich Wilhelm Ernst’s works with Czech violinist Josef Spacek.

The fact that these two concerts have been organized displays the GAC’s commitment to featuring internationally renowned artists in the Kingdom. This type of event raises awareness of classical music, and is part of the GAC’s drive to provide diverse artistic experiences to audiences in the Kingdom.