By Leslie Cole – Showers
One hundred and fifty (150) male inmates have been commuted from the Pademba Road Correctional Centre to the Mafanta Correctional Centre, in Tonkolili District, three (3) miles off Magburaka town.
“Three hundred (300) inmates were supposed to have been transported to Mafanta, in order to ease congestion in the Pademba road Centre; the vehicles we have could not accommodate all of them. However, before next week ends, the remainding 150 male inmates would have been taken to Mafanta,” Deputy Director General of the SLCS, Mr. Dennis Harman said.
The DDG disclosed that the beddings, toiletries, kitchen utensils, and food stuffs had all been taken to Mafanta for the in- going inmates.
He said the 300 inmates will be occupying two blocks that were refurbished with funds provided by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) & the International Bureau of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
“60 officers have been transferred to the Mafanta Correctional Centre, to add to the already 49 officers on the ground.”
It can be recalled that about a month ago, the Pre- trial Detention and Simulation Centre at Kissi town Waterloo, was commissioned, and it is now home to 100 male and 10 female inmates. In addition, the Mafanta Centre now affords the SLCS an added space for 300 male inmates- summing up to 410.
Before these developments, the SLCS had a total holding capacity of 1, 935. As at press time, the SLCS has an accommodation capacity of 2, 345.