Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* More prisons not a solution for Sri Lanka's overcrowding prisons - Minister
Fri, Nov 30, 2012, 01:49 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 30, Colombo: Prisons and Prison reforms Minister of Sri Lanka Chandrasiri Gajadeera says that increasing the number of prisons in the country would not address the issue of overcrowding prisons.

He has told parliament that the solution to the issue is a proper rehabilitation system.

The Minister has explained that currently there are about 25,000 offenders entering the prison system annually and that 43 percent of these are repeat offenders.

Repeat offenders, the Minister pointed out was one of the main reasons for the overcrowding of prisons.

According to Gajadeera, the Ministry is looking at amending some legislation in order to address this issue.

He noted that while there are about 2,000 remand prisoners, some 804 of them are languishing in prison due to the inability to pay their fines.

The government is continuing with the plan to build new prisons in Matara, Tangalle and Jaffna. The prison being built in Pallekele will be opened shortly, the Minister informed.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lanka's migrant workers' organization pledges support to opposition candidate
Sri Lanka ruling party supporters attack UNP rally in Haputale
Landslide warning issued for 4 districts in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan President says common opposition candidate copied his budget proposals
Two Russian naval ships arrive at Sri Lanka port
Heavy rains in Sri Lanka cause havoc with floods
India to export two warships to Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Election Commissioner asks employers to grant leave for workers to vote
International Gem, Mineral & Jewellery trade show opens in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Police to investigate ruling party minister taking suspects of arson attack away from police custody

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.