By ALICE NACHILEMBE
President Edgar Lungu has received applause from prisoners for signing a law that empowers inmates to visit their families for two weeks.
The Corrections Service Act through the Commissioner General with advise from the Minister of Home Affairs can allow any inmate to go home for two weeks to visit the family.
Zambia Correctional Service Commissioner General Chisela Chileshe said the provision was in the previous Act but President Lungu enhanced it through the Constitutional Provision.
Dr Chileshe said such provisions could only exist where there was a conducive environment.
Meanwhile, Dr Chileshe assured life sentence convicts that there was hope because President Lungu signed another Act which had a provision for them to be released on a special licence away from a pardon.
He said the Zambia Correctional Service would recommend to President Lungu for a break when a life sentence inmate showed remorse, good behavior and was not a danger to society.
The Commissioner General stated that inmates would never return to correctional facilities if they behaved well.
Dr Chileshe however, warned that unrepentant ones would go back to continue serving life sentences if they misbehaved.