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JUMAADA-ATH-THANI 1437 A.H.
Virtues of the Month
Jumaada-ath-Thani is the sixth (6th.) month of the Islamic Calendar and the meaning is
"Second month of Summer".
Events of this month:
• Battle of Salaasil took place in 8 A.H.
• The consigned Sariyyah Abu Ubaida Ibn Jarraah (RA) in the 6th. Hijri.
• Sariyyah: Zaid ibn Haritha (RA) 6th. Hijri
• Sariyyah: Abdullah Ibn Jahsh (RA) 2nd. Hijri
• Abu Salama (RA) died on 4th.of this month
New Moon for the month of Jumaada-ath-Thani 1437 A.H.
The Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) wishes to confirm that the month
of Jumaada-al-Awwal 1437 A.H. completed it's thirtieth (30th) day on Thursday, March
Accordingly, the first (1st.) day of the month of Jumaada-ath-Thani 1437 A.H. corre-
sponds to Friday 11th. March 2016 in the English calendar.
Imam Raffaic Mohamed
Chairman, Moon Sighting Committee
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In an attempt to reduce over-
crowding at the nation s prisons,
National Security Minister Edmund
Dillon has disclosed that Attorney
General Faris Al-Rawi is examining
the establishment of a parole board.
Legislation governing such a body
once approved would allow a pro-
visional release of prisoners under
certain conditions prior to the com-
pletion of the maximum sentence.
Dillon made the announcement
yesterday to reporters, following the
launch of the Vision of Mission
(VOM) Pathway to Freedom re-inte-
gration/resettlement programme at
the Maximum State Prison, Arou-
ca.The programme, launched by
VOM s founder Wayne Chance, will
permit government and prison exec-
utives to review resettlement as a
necessary component of an inte-
grated offender management system
and to help reduce recidivism.
Commissioner of Prisons Sterling
Stewart agreed with the introduction
of a parole system.
Stewart admitted that there was
overcrowding at "remand" and it
was an established fact that too many
prisoners have been incarcerated for
He said over 60 per cent of the
prison population was made up of
remand prisoners. There are approx-
imately 2,000 prisoners behind bars
awaiting trial, some more than ten
"There is where we have the prob-
lem and challenges. We cannot afford
to give up. We have to be a brave
Addressing a small group of pris-
oners and guests, Dillon told the
inmates that upon their release, the
Government would ensure that they
remain on the right track and do
positive things with their lives.
"If you make negative choices you
will get negative responses," Dillon
told the prisoners.
"Make a positive choice. By doing
this, you would make life easier for
me at the ministry. Your purpose is
to enjoy life with families and soci-
ety...not to be locked up."
Dillon gave the assurance that
Government had not taken any deci-
sion to abolish capital punishment.
"It is not a policy of the Govern-
ment at this time. It has not come
up in any discussion by the Gov-
ernment thus far."
He said Government would ensure
that prisoners are restored and reha-
Dillon also admitted that the mur-
der rate was intolerable. Murders
have shot up to 93 for the year. The
comparable toll for the same period
last year was 67.
He promised that his ministry was
developing a strategy to treat with
"At our last operational meeting
with acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams and the police
executive we developed a different
strategy to treat with the issues of
crime, especially the murders in
Trinidad and Tobago."
The strategy, Dillon said, would
involve an effort of concentrated
force "at the right time and place,
utilising both the T&T Defence Force
and T&T Police Service."
Dillon also gave the assurance that
there would be absorptions of aux-
iliary officers in the Fire Services
and SRPs in the T&T Police Service.
On Thursday, the Police Association
said 2,000 SRPs will become full-
Prisons officers have recently filed
a lawsuit challenging the state s
inability to protect officers. It follows
the murder of officer Fitzalbert Victor
on February 29, at his Laventille
Parole system on the cards
Bid to ease overcrowding behind bars
Inmates of the Maximum Security Prison, Arouca, listen at the launch of the Vision on Mission
Reintegration/Resettlement 2016 programme, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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