Meetings with prisoners
The volunteers of Mid-Dlam ghad-Dawl meet the prisoners every week. Infallibly, constantly and regularly, we have been doing this since December 1995. In fact, we consider it extremely important that our meetings with prisoners be kept on a strictly regular basis, never failing to keep our appointment with scrupuleous constancy.
Our visits within the prison complex are held in this way:
- On Tuesdays, from 4.30 pm till 7.00 pm, we visit most of the male sections: At present we have no permission to visit Division VI.
- On Thursdays, from 9.30 am till 11.30 am, we visit the Female Sections.
- Other individual visits are held during the week to both male and female prisoners.
On Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings our visits to prisoners are held within the divisions themselves where the prisoners have their cells and spend most of the day. The individual visits are held according to the same regime followed in normal cases for all visits to inmates.
During our visits within the divisions we usually go around the large divisions and talk to this and that prisoner. No agenda exists. We simple talk about what anyone would like to bring up. Most of the time, since we usually are always very much expected by the prisoners, they themselves come up to us and begin the discussion.
Apart from general talk, we also deal with personal problems. During our visits, in fact, prisoners take the opportunity to ask for help. These demands are usually related to family, court or prison matters. We always follow each demand very diligently with the competent authorities, and up until the end.
During our visits we regulate ourselves according to our philosophy.