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A Qatif delegation visit to the Saudi General Intelligence Prison

A comprehensive advice program, which includes specialists and holds discussions with those involved in extremist ideology, has been established

Turki Aldakhil

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The state will remain the only power in Saudi Arabia, and those who want to assume its role will be held accountable, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Nayef said following a number of terrorist events. If society helps the state and its institutions with security, the task will be easier for everyone.

A few days ago, 17 social, religious and media figures from Qatif visited the General Intelligence Prison in the eastern region for five hours, checking out what sort of care was provided to inmates.

Aid

The aid to prisoners include paying their rent, paying off fees and fines, and paying for their children’s tuition, particularly those with special needs. The General Intelligence Prison has also established a committee to look into providing compensation for the losses prisoners incur due to imprisonment.

A comprehensive advice program, which includes specialists and holds discussions with those involved in extremist ideology, has been established

Turki Al-Dakhil

More important is the prison’s work on the ideological front. A comprehensive advice program, which includes specialists and holds discussions with those involved in extremist ideology, has been established. The point of this program is to engage in debates that discuss prisoners’ references that led to their extremism, and to refute their arguments.

Some people in Qatif criticized this visit, but it represents a significant pattern of communicating with the state, instead of being isolated and misinformed about the situation of prisons.


This article was first published in Okaz on May 23, 2016.

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Turki Al-Dakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and Alarabiya.net, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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