July 25, Colombo: Considering the need to introduce changes to the country's prison administration, the Sri Lankan government has taken measures to formulate a new Prison Administration Act.
According to the government, the Prison Ordinance currently in force was enacted in 1877 and many shortcomings have been identified over the years in the Prison Administration.
In order to overcome the shortages and to meet the International standards and best practices identified as at present, the government had appointed a committee.
The committee chaired by the Supreme Court Judge Hector Yapa Abeywardena has recommended the proposals that should be included in a new Prison Administration Act.
Minister of Justice Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse has received the cabinet approval to formulate a new Prison Administration Act as it has been recommended by the experts committee.