A conference was held in the Mekong Delta province of Can Tho on September 22 on measures for reintegrating ex-convicts into society.

Le Van Tam, Vice Chairman of the Can Tho city People’s Committee, called for more attention from the community to the rehabilitated offenders, helping them reintegrate into society.

He also requested the quality of vocational training courses be improved and bank loan incentives be provided for them.

The conference revealed that most individuals managed to get their lives back on track entirely due to their own efforts. Examples include Vo Van Luyen, who earns his living by rearing bats and turtles, and Tran Trung Toan, who is furthering his education in the field of medicine.

Only 5.57 percent of ex-convicts can access loans from banks and credit agencies.

According to Nguyen Minh Kha, Director of the city’s Police Department, out of 5,282 prisoners ending their sentences, 74 percent managed to secure jobs, while 26 percent remain unemployed and are at risk of engaging in criminal activities.

A number of reasons cause this high rate of unemployment, including low levels of education, social isolation and a lack of start-up capital.

In 2014, the number of reconvictions so far accounted for 13.6 percent of newly admitted inmates.-VNA