Inmates can reduce time by memorizing Koran

Inmates in the Gaza Strip's main prison can now reduce their sentences by one year if they memorize five chapters from the Koran, the prison's governor announced

Inmates can reduce time by memorizing Koran

Inmates in the Gaza Strip's main prison can now reduce their sentences by one year if they memorize five chapters from the Koran, the prison's governor announced Monday.

The prison, controlled by the Hamas movement since the group's takeover of the Gaza Strip in June, holds 350 prisoners.

The new scripture program seeks to encourage prisoners to behave according to the Koran's law, prison governor Col. Abu al-Abed Hamid, said in a statement.

Most of the inmates were sentenced before Hamas took power, for crimes ranging from murder to corruption to collaborating with Israel.

The Hamas also announced its intention to add 100 female officers to the Gaza police force. They would supervise women prisoners and help in police actions when women must sometimes be present to search other women, said Gen. Tawfiq Jaber, the acting police chief.

Jaber added that a number of women have already applied for jobs and that new recruits would be selected and trained soon.

Hamas pledged to bring law and order to the chaotic Gaza Strip.

AP

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