Released Detainees Go Home With Their Families
One of the steps to healing a community after a war time situation, is to have a method of repatriation for detainees or those that have been found to be committing crimes, or operating as insurgents. The number of insurgents and detainees that are confined has slowly been going down, because of a program ran by the Coalition and the Iraqi Government.
Recently 21 newly released detainees were released from Victory Camp Base, and met with members of their families. These are detainees that have gone through an extensive process, meeting with members of the coalition, and the Iraqi Government, and leaders of the Iraqi religious world.
Each of the detainees involved in the program meet with the representatives of these groups, and talk about their past. They are educated and counseled, and they agree to not break the law, to swear support to the Iraqi Government, and to work to support and obey all rules, laws, and rulings by the Iraqi Government, and the Iraqi Security Force.
Because of this, and because of a written and verbal oath of allegiance, they are allowed to return home to their families, a free person. This program has been very successful, and is proving an excellent means to rehabilitate prisoners and others that are in detention.
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Less than 5 percent of the detainees have broken the law, or gotten in trouble again. This is an excellent success rate, and a good indicator of the overall success of the program.