Home Ministry to Build New Jail and Move Mile II Jail to Jeshwang –


By Adama Makasuba

Honorable Seyaka Sonko, Minister of Home Affairs has announced a plan to build a new prison to help decongest the country’s central prison.

He recently spoke before the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defense and Security during the presentation of his ministry’s activity report.

According to him, there are too many inmates at Mile II Central Jail, so keeping them is still a problem.

“That’s why we want to build a new prison so that we can move Jail from Mile 2 to Jeshwang. Because looking at the bad records and the bad conditions, Mile II Central Jail is something else. The inmates are human beings like everyone else, so they have to be taken care of. Prison should be a rehabilitation center but not a place where people can suffer,” he said.

What he wants is to ensure that anyone taken to prison comes out with certain skills, adding “we will need your support to fund the construction of the prison”.

He called on the honorable members to support them with funding in the budget so that they can keep the prison in good condition.

He also stressed the importance of building prisons in the hospital area saying, “When inmates are sick, you can easily take them to the hospital for proper treatment.”

Muhammed Kandeh, member of the committee, urged the minister to take security issues very seriously as security is very important for every developing country.

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