New program allows Saudi prisoners on path to rehabilitation

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A joint program between Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry with Imam Muhammad ibn Saud university celebrated its first batch of student-prisoners.

The majority of the students were former extremists but who have rehabilitated themselves while studying under the new program.

Eighty-two of them graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sharia and Islamic studies, 25 in business administration, four in economics while three finished their degrees in the Arabic language.

“I was given the chance to read a learn a lot through the ‘Time Management’ program. I also learned to differentiate between right and wrong. There are more people like me here in prison who have benefited from these types of programs,” one prisoner told Al Arabiya.

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