An article on the website of the International Committe of the Red Cross features Bossangoa Prison, in the Central African Republic, where prisoners are permitted to work outdoors. The ICRC's Jessica Barry writes:
The prisoners stand to benefit in many ways. The work gets them out of their dark cells and into the fresh air. It also gives them exercise. When ready to harvest, the crops will supplement their meagre food rations. The sale of surplus produce will help finance the programme, and the technical training is giving the men skills they can use in the future.
For one 34-year-old detainee, the father of five children, who has been in Bossangoa for four months, both the work itself and the training sessions are motivating. “Neither my family nor I have more than a basic knowledge of farming,” he comments. “Once I am free I will be able to use the planting techniques I have learned here to make better use of my fields at home.”