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Product of Prison is a non-profit organisation assisting prisoners in Uganda to rebuild their lives. 


Mission and vision

POP’s aim is to assist prisoners in developing countries with their successful rehabilitation and reintegration by giving them the skills and opportunities necessary to rebuild their lives and to return to their communities.

POP’s vision is a prison service in which the human rights of prisoners are respected, prisoners are treated in a humane and compassionate manner and their time in detention is used to prepare them for life outside of prison.

Skills and work experience

By acquiring vocational skills, knowledge and work experience during their time in prison, prisoners are better equipped to set up income generating activities and to avoid recidivism after release.


Sale of products and services

Through the sale of prison products and/or services, POP wants to raise awareness of the lives of prisoners in developing countries and to strengthen prisoners’ connection with society. POP provides prisoners with payment for their products and/or services to give them the financial means to improve their living conditions in prison, to contribute to their families and to facilitate their re-entry into the community. POP aspires to empower prisoners, to restore a sense of humanity and to build self-esteem and self-confidence.


Uganda Prisons Service

Product of Prison has a Memorandum of Understanding with Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) and currently works in 15 prisons in Uganda. All projects are set up in cooperation with the prisons service, prison staff and prisoners. Between 400 and 500 prisoners take part in our projects on a yearly basis.


Objectives

The objectives of Product of Prison are:

Stronger focus on rehabilitation and reintegration.
Vocational skills, job skills and work experience for prisoners to prepare them for re-entry into the community after release.
More financial means for (former) prisoners to improve their well-being in prison, support their families and to facilitate their reintegration.
Stronger self-esteem and self-confidence for prisoners.
Better relationship between prisoners and society.
More awareness of the plight of prisoners in developing countries and recognition of their potential.