Angola rehabilitation program gives back to needy

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POSTED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 4:33pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 5:32pm

As a maximum security prison, Angola is also highly regarded for its rehabilitation programs. One of those is a moral rehabilitation program that teaches prisoners skills, while also instilling the value of giving.

In his own words, inmate Peter Francis Lemm tells NBC33 News how he's learned the value of life through helping others.

"Well pretty much we refurbish chairs for disabled people in third world countries,” he said. “To me, it's about giving something back, something to God and to the community. It shows we're not animals and that we're rehabilitated prisoners.

“Well, when I first came here, my outlook was totally different of what it is now,” he continued to say. “If you see some of the pictures that are inside that shot of legless children who've been devastated by war and to see them get a chair from us, on the news is something special."

Angola is one of 17 prisons across the country participating in the wheels for the world partnership.

We're told that since implementing the moral rehabilitation program, violence inside the prison has gone down around 75 percent.

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