She’s approaching 30, an age when most women are contemplating marriage and accepting family responsibilities,
But Mandy is busy preparing for a series of exams next month.
Since 2002, when the clanging of jail doors being closed forced her to turn her back on drugs and concentrate instead on a future life free of hallucination, Mandy has won 10 certificates, passed two HKCEE subjects, and received distinctions in accounting and bookkeeping.
Like many spoiled youngsters, Mandy spent her teenage days mixing with the wrong friends and getting involved in drug trafficking.
At 21, she was caught, charged, convicted and jailed for 16 years. She states she will always remember that day in the High Court.
”My dad and brother were there. I was so depressed when I knew I would not be with them in the coming years. I would be 30-something by the time I got out.”
She stated she fell totally lost when she entered the Lo Wu Correctional Institution.
”Then I met some prisoners serving life terms, which gave me hope to get out. I knew that I had to prepare for my life after prison.”
With help from the officers of the Correctional Services Department, Mandy grabbed the chance to study.
”I study while others are resting or watching television. It’s not simple for me to study. But when I think of my family and the CSD officers who have helped me a lot, I tend to study hard because I can’t let them down. It motivates me.”
During a certificate presentation ceremony at the Lo Wu institution, Mandy sang the song Unreserved Love to thank her dad and brother.
”Our relationship was quite distant and we seldom talked in the past,” she said. “Now we treasure every minute of the half-hour visiting time.”
Mandy states she will live with her family after her release, and plans to work in the accounting industry.
Another long-held dream is to cook a birthday dinner for her father.
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