Only life sentence inmates that show remorse, good behavior and are not a danger to society would be recommended to visit their families on meaningful leave.
Zambia Correctional Service Commissioner General Chisela Chileshe says the provision has existed for decades but praised President Edgar Lungu for more reforms.
He said the Zambia Correctional Service would constitutionally recommend to the President for such a break.
Dr. Chileshe says the Corrections Service Act through the Commissioner General with advise from the Minister of Home Affairs could now allow any inmate to break off for two weeks to visit the family.
He said such provisions could only exist where there was a conducive environment created by President Lungu who is a careful, responsible and loving Head of State.
Meanwhile, Dr. Chileshe assured life sentence convicts that there was hope because the Act had a provision for them to be released on a special licence away from a pardon.
The Commissioner General stated that inmates would never return to correctional facilities if they behaved well.
Dr. Chileshe however, warned that unrepentant ones would go back to continue serving life sentences if they misbehaved.