The Zimbabwe Prison Services (ZPS) says communities have a role to play in the rehabilitation of prisoners and should partner jail authorities in giving inmates emotional and moral support.
ZPS Principal Prison Officer, Simba Mhare told ZBC News that immediate families of inmates need to constantly give support to their loved ones serving time behind bars.
Several inmates told ZBC News of cordial relations they enjoy with the prison staff.
Zimbabwe Prison Services has sought to promote the right of prisoners to be treated humanely with dignity and respect while in detention.
Under the United Nations Basic Principles for the Treatment of Prisoners, all prisoners shall retain the human rights and fundamental freedoms set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.