Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Report on minimizing congestion in prisons and prison reforms to be presented in parliament
Thu, Feb 16, 2017, 12:54 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 15, Colombo: The first report of the inter-institutional task force appointed to identify judicial and legal reasons for minimizing congestion in prisons and prison reforms will be presented in parliament.

The inter-institutional task force has recommended several measures to reform the country's overcrowded prisons to reduce the congestion. Among others, the task force recommended use of community based corrections productively instead of imposing imprisonment.

Other measures recommended include:

• Fully implementing provisions in Criminal Procedure Code (Amendment) Act No 4 of 1995 enabling the payment of fines as instalments instead of imposing imprisonment for those who fail to pay fines
• Until prosecutions are made in High Courts regarding cases which the Magistrate's Court has no jurisdiction, to continue such cases in Magistrate's Court and implement a Management Information System for preventing misplacement of files
• Release persons retained without prosecuting on a bond and magistrates visit to prisons once a month according to provisions of the act
• Utilizing Police Bailing method according to provisions in Bail Act No. 30 of 1997
• Considering the ability of reducing death penalty to life imprisonment
• Construction and relocation of prisons
• Creating a suitable and secured environment for detainees and staff of prison

The joint proposal Minister of Justice Wijayadasa Rajapaksa and Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs D.M. Swaminathan to present the report in the parliament was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

 


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Ceylon Oxygen Limited receives latest ISO 9001:2015 certification
-- [56 minutes ago]
Pakistan sends 10,000 MT of rice for drought affected people of Sri Lanka
-- [1 hour and 19 minutes ago]
India could collaborate in the development of three other ports in Sri Lanka - Ports Minister
-- [1 hour and 40 minutes ago]
Sri Lanka inks USD 17 million loan agreement with Kuwait for Kalu Ganga project
-- [2 hours ago]
Army personnel charged of assault on Journalist Keith Noyahr granted bail
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka grants dual citizenship to another 1750 expatriates
-- [3 hours ago]
No accession of Muslim abodes near Wilpattu Forest Reserves, government assures
-- [3 hours ago]
Ceylon Chamber seminar to discuss Implementation of WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement in Sri Lanka
-- [9 hours ago]
MP Wimal Weerawansa gives up hunger strike
-- [9 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's computer literacy rate highest in urban sector, lowest in Estates- report

Copyright © 2000, 2016 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.