Sierra Leone: New Beddings for Correctional Centre Inmates

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Sierra Leone Correctional Centre

Supplies including foam mattresses, pillows, and blankets, among others have been received by the Sierra Leone Correctional Centre for onward distribution to Correctional Centres across the country on Monday, 8th July, 2019.

This was revealed to this press by the Deputy Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service, Dennis Harman.

He said: “The supplies include foam mattresses, pillows, and blankets, among others. We have currently embarked on the distribution of these beddings to the various correctional centres in the Western Area Urban and those in the provinces.”

He said the supply of beddings is done once a year but most times, it is done at the beginning of the rainy season.

“During the rainy season, the atmosphere would become very cold and to keep the inmates warm, we would change their beddings during this period. So, the supply of beddings at this time of the year is always timely,” he added.

He disclosed that a new correctional centre, which is under construction at Waterloo, is expected to be completed by the first week of August, 2019, adding that the new centre would host 120 male and 10 female inmates, thereby helping to decongest the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown. We have currently embarked on the distribution of these beddings to the various correctional centres in the Western Area Urban and those in the provinces,” he said.

He further disclosed that a new correctional centre, which is under construction at Waterloo, is expected to be completed by the first week of August, 2019, adding that the new centre would host 120 male and 10 female inmates, thereby helping to decongest the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown.

Dennis Harman, was speaking exclusively on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019, and made the above disclosure in his office at the SLCS headquarters in New England Ville, Freetown.

In an effort to enhance food security and support the government in providing food for the inmates, the SLCS has prioritised the cultivation of crops in the provincial areas.

According to SLCS’ Deputy Director General, they are currently embarking on inland valley swamps (IVS) farming in Kabala, Mafanta, etc., and 60 hectares land have been cultivated with sorghum, corn, cassava, rice, etc., in Mafanta.

He said construction exercise of child friendly centres for children of female inmates is at a completion stage in Freetown and Kenema.

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